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In Academics on
July 31, 2014

How To Get Involved In College Like A Go Getter

Today I am talking about getting involved at college. It can be hard for high schoolers to transition to college involvement. It’s easy to be involved in high school where there are ways less organizations to join and things to do. At my school there are 200+ RSOs (or so they say…) so the struggle of finding which ones fit you best can be hard. I am here to give you my tips on how to get involved–but first. A word from the lovely people who sent in responses to my survey.

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So now on to my tips for getting involved like a go getter:

Pick your battles

Getting involved at college takes ten times more effort than getting involved in high school. The organizations you join will be making a difference in your campus community and doing a lot for your college town. You can’t join a college organization and expect to do zero work. There will be meetings to attend and things to do. If your college organizations aren’t this organized, you should re-consider what you are getting involved in. Only commit to a few organizations your first semester and grow out if you feel comfortable doing so.

Attendance is not commitment

During the first of the year it is totally acceptable to attend many meetings and only go back to a few. Just because you go to a meeting once, it doesn’t mean you have to go back every time. Only go back if you want to. Don’t feel the need to sign in to those pesky organization sheets that they pass around, only sign up for them if you are genuinely interested. The last thing you need is a bunch of emails from a group that you don’t really care about. Also there’s no need to have those people trying to recruit you if you don’t care about the organization.

Explore everything.

College organizations are a great way to explore everything you might be interested in exploring! Explore your passions, your major, a sisterhood, whatever you decide to explore. If you can’t explore things in college, when can you actually explore them. There are so many clubs for so many different things in college you’d be a fool not to at least try them once.

Don’t be afraid to say no.

Just like with budgeting, it’s important that you are okay with saying no to organizations. If you don’t want to hold that leadership position or do that certain thing–you should feel confident in your ability to just say no. It feels strange that I am saying this to you now, but you will thank me when you have two tests and three papers that need written all in the next few weeks and an organization that wants you to paint a banner. Education comes first. Don’t major in your involvements while you are in college.

Don’t think you have to join just one type of club.

Greek life is great, but not the end all be all. There are plenty of successful people who have never went through Greek life. It is possible to be successful and not join a Greek organization. If you want to be Greek, Go Greek and have an amazing time. If that is not where you see your loyalties–don’t push it. Greek organizations are great because they open a lot of doors, but they aren’t a required part of the college experience. You may have to work a little harder to open those doors on your own, but you can still be successful without letters. Don’t let anyone tell you any different.

In Academics on
July 30, 2014

How To Budget Like A Boss In College

This post is very important to me. This is the kind of post I wish I had as a freshman–because as you will see later I sucked at budgeting. I am still not amazing at it, but I am leaps and bounds better than what I used to be. Today’s post is another collaborative post so first things first of course check out the slideshow of tips on budgeting and then I will give my two cents on the subject.

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Follow the lovely ladies who provided answers for the slideshow:  Rubi M//Jessica S//Felecia E//Andrea K//Julia M//Morgan R//Orly M//Jess S//Denise G//Oliva C

Before I go on to my advice on budgeting I am going to talk about my freshman year. Okay–it was bad. I think I overdrafted my account almost weekly. I was horrible with managing money and I just didn’t get a grasp on saying no and staying in. Learn from my mistakes with these tips.

Don’t trust online banking.

For the most part your bank will be a great trusted source of how much money you have but you also need to keep tabs with how much you spend, what charges are automatically coming out of your account, as well as what is coming in your account and when. Be on top of all of these things as it will make budgeting ten times easier.

Turn off overdraft protection.

Seriously, if you learn nothing else from this–turn off overdraft protection. This feature is not for college kids. The only way overdraft protection helps you is if you don’t want to be embarrassed by getting your card declined. I’d rather have my card declined than have to pay up later because overdraft fees can be harsh. If saving face is more important to you than money management by all means keep overdraft protection, but if not–trash it. 

You have four years to explore your college town.

You don’t have to do everything your freshman year. You don’t have to try out all the restaurants or all the famous hangout spots. You have four years to make this town your own and find awesome stuff to do there. Don’t fall victim to wanting to explore too much of your college town too quickly.

Always choose the more flexible meal plan.

When I take students on a tour of my campus this is something I always try to let them know. You may go to the cafeteria and think it’s ten times better than the cafeteria food at your high school and that you will never get sick of it. You are lying to yourself–and that is something I wish I would have known. I tried to save money by getting the cafeteria only plan my freshmen year, but I actually wasted a ton of money because I wanted to eat at the student center (I lived right in front of the student center). If I had just gotten the more flexible meal plan I could have saved myself a lot of trouble my freshmen year.

Look out for free.

If your school is like my school–there will be tons of free events that you can go to. We had tons of sports events, theatre events, guest speakers, and more that come to my school. Just a few of the things I have been able to do since I came to UCA:

  • See The Whitest Kids U’Know Live
  • See Shrek The Musical Live
  • See and Meet Lisa Ling
  • See Nick Offerman live
  • Watch countless football, basketball, voleyball, and more games from UCA sports teams and even more intramural games.
  • See countless awesome theatre shows hosted by the UCA Theatre department

Those are just a few things–and I am sure many more that I don’t have a ton of recollection of. Universities are always trying to bring awesome events to your school–all you have to do is seek them out. Your Student Activities Board will bring lots of events as well as your university as a whole. A lot of people think that you need a ton of money to go to these public events–but usually you can get in free or with a huge discount (only paying $5-$10) just for being a student.

So those are my tips for boss budgeting. If you have any questions don’t be afraid to comment them down below and leave your own budgeting tips if you have any. What was your favorite budgeting tip from this article?