Note From Amanda: I was supposed to post today, but I have been rather busy with my graduate assistantship. I had this post from Faith that I was supposed to share with y'all during my trip to Chicago, so I wanted to share that with y'all today. I will be back on Thursday with an awesome new post–until then, check out this great post from Faith all about joining clubs in college.
Hey everyone! I'm Faith from Life With Faith–a place where I share my life with the world in hopes I inspire someone to love their own life in the process. Today I get the chance to guest post on The Happy Arkansan and I'm so excited to share with y'all!
Today I really wanted to talk about something that's super important in college- getting involved. Whether it's Greek, religious, or interest based- it's important to find a club/ organization (or a few) to join while in college. You get so much more out of the college experience and have so much more fun when you get involved and join a club. However, knowing how to go about getting involved and joining clubs on campus can be pretty hard. Colleges often have so many clubs that it's difficult to know where to start. So today I want to give you 5 tips to choosing which clubs and organizations to join on campus!
1. Look for a club that related to what interests YOU.
This is super important because you don't want to be spending your time doing something you don't truly care about. So you don't want to join something just because you think it'll look cool or just because your friend joined. Look for something your passionate about. You're bound to love being a part of something if it's close to your heart.
2. Look for a club that fits your schedule.
Sometimes clubs/ organizations can take up a lot of time, so you want to pick something that you have time for and can put your all into. If you take on a club that requires too much time from you, it can leave you feeling stressed and disappointed, even if you love the concept or message- and we don't want that!
3. Look for a club where you connect with the other members.
Being in a club with people who you don't get along with wouldn't be very fun, even if you love the concept or message, so it's important to find organizations where you get along with or work well with the members. This doesn't mean you have to be best friends with them all, but mutual respect and comradely is super important. This will make your time in the organization more meaningful.
4. Utilize the student organization showcase on campus.
A lot of times universities will hold a student organization showcase or something similar that allows you to walk around and talk to members of a bunch of different clubs on campus. This gives you a chance to see an overview what's available on campus and who you immediately connect with. The members will be able to talk to you and give you more information about what they do and how to go about joining, so it's super important to go to these events and pay attention if you're looking to get involved.
5. Don't be afraid to ask members specific questions.
It's likely that you come up with a question that you can't find the answer to just by looking at an organizations social media or website. It's ok and totally normal to have these questions, so it's important to ask the members those questions! This is especially true if you're seriously interested about joining or if the answer will be make-or-break for your membership. The members you talk to really do want you to join their club, so they will be more than willing to answer any of your questions or address any concerns you may have, but after asking the questions you decide not to join- that's ok! Just don't make a decision without having all your questions answered.
I hope y'all find these tips to be super helpful and that y'all can take these tips and translate them into being involved on your college campus in the fall- I promise college will be more fun when your apart of an organization.