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College is a time where you take classes based on your interests. Since you basically get to choose your major and your classes, you are able to construct your dream schedule. Through your dream schedule, you may have tons of breaks between your classes. Or perhaps, you finish all your classes in the morning! Guess what that means??

You will be able to fit in several extracurricular activities! Not only is that a resume builder, it lets you get outside of your bubble, and try new things as well. The following list will show 4 types of clubs that students should check out once they arrive on campus!

1. Community Service

In high school, there tends to be a community service requirement. I remember, back in my high school, for each year you were enrolled in my district, you were required to do at least 10 hours of community service. That means that if you were enrolled in a high school in my district for all four years, you would need 40 hours of community service to graduate! For many people, it may be tedious work. Students would finish their 40 hours of service and stop there. However, there are also students who would go beyond their requirement since they were in service clubs, such as Interact and Key Club. To these certain students, I’m sure they would be happy to know that there are college counterparts to these high school service clubs!

2. Professional

Joining a club that is specific to your major might help you in the long run. Professional clubs tend to have a mentor and mentee program for freshmen. These programs are used to help freshmen transition into the college life, and for them to know more about the field they are going into. For example, at my university, we have a pre-dental society, and there is a big and little program. The bigs get matched to the littles and they are mentor and mentee for the whole year. Whenever the “little” had a question or problem, they would ask their “big” for help or suggestions.

Because people can also tend to switch majors throughout their college career, I feel that this program is useful so that students know early on what they are getting into. My school has an accelerated dental and pharmacy program, and students usually do not expect science classes to be so hard when they enroll. With professional clubs, they will know what to watch out for, and know what classes to be aware of as well.

3. Interest

When you have interests in something, you tend to be want to do it more. That’s why, it is good to check out a club of your interest, since you will have an incentive to go to meetings. For example, if you want to learn about knitting, or perhaps you just want to meet people whom share the same interests as you, you can perhaps attend a Knitting Club meeting on your campus.

4. Culture

There are a lot of students whom want to know more about their culture, more about their background. For these students, joining a cultural club may be the right choice for them. Some of these clubs include French Club, VSA, KASA, etc. The VSA at my university tend to have cultural shows, pho nights, and days where students can just learn more about the culture itself. There are not always a club with your culture as the emphasis, so you can also create your own as well. However, even if you are not Vietnamese, for example, you can still join VSA. The point of these clubs are to know more about a culture, not to be exclusive to one specific race or ethnicity. Most of the time, students think to themselves that they have to be a certain race to join a club. However, they are usually open to anyone who is interested!

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