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In Guest Posts on
June 21, 2016

Guest Post: 5 Tips For Joining Clubs in College

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!

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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.

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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 8, 2013

Pep Talk Monday: Putting Yourself Out There

This weeks pep talk is about doing something we are all a little scared to do: putting yourself out there. It’s hard to do, trust me I know. I am not asking you to make dire changes in your life. I am only asking for you to go out on a limb every once and awhile. Whether with work, school, or the opposite sex put yourself out there in a way that doesn’t stretch your comfort-ability too much.

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Without putting myself out there I wouldn’t be an ambassador on my campus, I wouldn’t write for University Chic or The Prospect, I wouldn’t have found my sisters, and I wouldn’t be a campus representative for Little Problems.

I am not outgoing, and I probably never will be—but I am leaps and bounds different than I used to be. Baby steps is all I am asking, because I have had my fair share of baby steps—trust me. One step is all it takes to start a whirlwind of change. Take one step in the right direction and all the other steps will be so much easier for you.

The first step won’t be an easy journey, and sometimes you will get rejected. I was rejected. I interviewed for a part of my school’s Student Government Association called i.d.e.a.l., a group for freshman leaders. I was rejected and I ate a lot of fast food to get it off my mind with a friend. Then I brushed myself off and went on to get involved with other things such as my residence hall’s hall government. I may not have gotten one opportunity but I moved on to another one and another one and so on. Now I am published by the time I am 20 and I am very involved on and off campus. Take that i.d.e.a.l.!

So the point of all these scribbles is this: you will lose things and you will win things. You may not be able to do all the things you want, but the things you will be able to do will be great. You will be great. Your rejections don’t define you, so don’t let them restrain you.