College is a wonderful time full of a ton of organizations and things to do. If college life slipped by you during the first semester, the great thing is that you can join in on the fun at any time, and getting involved mid-way through the year is super easy! From simple involvements to time-consuming ones, you will find everything in college. As a junior, I know the importance of getting involved. College is a great place to learn, but if you aren’t making the connections you need on campus, it feels hard to feel connected at all. Take the initiative to make friends and do extracurriculars, because after all, your best memories won’t be cramming for your Chemistry test.
If you want to get involved but you don’t even know where to start, I suggest doing a couple of things:
1. Go to a club or registered student organization fair.
Campuses usually host these twice a school year, because it’s so easy to get involved midway through the year. Going to a club fair will allow you to meet people in the organization. This is great because it gives you a connection in the organization. I know it can be frightening to go to a meeting knowing no one, but if you go to a club fair you will at least know one or two members.
2. Look online.
Many campuses have pages dedicated to organizations on campus–and some campuses have OrgSync. OrgSync is a lovely site dedicated to making organizations accessible to everyone. When utilized correctly OrgSync pages can provide a wealth of information about the organization. If your campus doesn’t have OrgSync look on the school website for a list of registered student organizations or clubs–the website is bound to have one.
3. Check out your Student Life office.
If you ever have any questions about getting involved on your campus, the student life or student activities office is the place to go. They have a plethora of information about all things getting involved. They keep tabs on all organizations on campus and can help you find the place you need to be or the places you want to go. They have a variety of resources that can help you get involved.
Looking for some easy ways to step up your involvement? Here are a couple of ideas:
1. Go to a sporting event.
Sporting events are a wonderful way to get involved on campus. There are usually a ton of people there and many sports to go watch. Did I mention that these are usually free to attend if you are a student? Get some use out of the fees you pay that go to athletic events and show some school spirit!
2. Play/watch an intramural sport.
Chances are your residence hall or group of friends has an intramural team. If you like sporting events and want to get more involved, try doing intramurals. Schools have all sorts of intramurals like flag football, soccer, basketball, bowling, and even Baggo. If you aren’t sporty you can always go to support your residence hall, friends, or student groups.
3. Go to events on campus.
Colleges love to bring a variety of speakers, events, and activities to campus: plays, lecturers, and comedians are just a few. Check out your theatre department, student activities board, or performance hall on campus. I have seen a ton of things at my university including Shrek the Musical and The Whitest Kids U’ Know!
4. Join a club.
Depending on the club you join, this could be a small thing. Obviously as you gain leadership positions it gets a bit tougher, but just joining a club probably won’t be that difficult. You can meet people with interests similar to your own and have a fun time getting involved on campus.
There are also a lot of bigger/more time consuming ways to get involved:
1. Join Greek life.
Greek life is an organization that require quite a bit of focus. Just joining a Greek life organization takes a lot of time because not only are there weekly meetings, and sometimes two weekly meetings when you are a new member, but there are also other things that go along with Greek life, like sisterhoods and socials. The best thing about Greek life though, is that getting involved midway through the year is not only accepted, but encouraged! Each group of new people is a new member class, and each semester deals with new issues. Greek organizations recruit year round which makes it easy to jump right in!
2. Get a part-time job.
Part-time jobs are wonderful for the new year! There are many places on campus that might be looking for new workers with people graduating in December or going abroad, so be on the look out for on campus jobs. Off campus jobs may work as well, especially ones that work with your schedule!
3. Start your own club.
At my university starting your own club isn’t super difficult. If after searching for clubs you find that you don’t like any of the options, look at making your own. Different universities require different things when it comes to making your own club, so I suggest talking to your student life office about how to go about making an organization.
If you have let the first semester or fall semester of college slip you by know that it’s not too late to get involved! There are a ton of things to get involved with on campus, you just have to seek them out!