How College Organizations Can Help Students

College is an important phase of everyone’s life. This is the time when most of us are trying to figure out what we want in life, building our reputation, and trying to learn as much as we can before entering the ‘real world’. Unlike in our high school years, college is where we first experience almost everything; we are introduced to different types of people, diverse cultures, exposed to different lifestyles, and discover various ideas. With all of these happening all at the same time, this is overwhelming for a freshmen student but college is a great way to experience new things and learn about life.

Life in college can be intimidating, especially if you are several miles away from your hometown; far from your families and old friends. You might feel lonely and homesick at times during your first week in college. There will be a group of students gathering in the cafeteria table or in the courtyard, talking about their lives or classes and simply having fun. But you do not have to get all depress because you don’t have anyone to talk to because college is the best opportunity to be able to meet and have new friends. With several college organizations available in every campus, this is the perfect opportunity to establish new friendships and be able to connect with the campus community. In addition, this will help you with your career and be able to learn several skills.

There are several reasons why college student should consider joining organizations.

  • Networking: This is the best way to meet fellow students and establish new friendships with the people who share similar interest with you.
  • Social skills: With the different kinds of students in the campus, your conversation and engagement will definitely improve.
  • Professional experience: Organizations will have several activities like community works. With your active participation, you will be exposed to opportunities that will help in your professional career.
  • Time management skills: You will be able to learn how to manage and prioritize your tasks, and balance your academic and social life.
  • Leadership skills: Since you will be a part of an organization, you will be assigned with some tasks. This is a great opportunity to learn about responsibilities of being a leader.

Before you join in any organization, there are things that you have to keep in mind.

  • First, choose organizations that interest you. This is a great way to meet people with the same interest as yours, which can be political views, social values, and intellectual curiosity. It can be a fun way to learn more about the thing that you are passionate about and be able to exchange ideas with its members.
  • Second, you can explore your options. Aside from joining an organization of your interest, you can also take this opportunity to join a group that you are curious about or something that you wanted to try for a very long time. Take this as another way to learn while you are in college.
  • Third, do not overcommit to several clubs. Student organizations will teach you several skills that can help you in college and can be useful in the future. Active participation can help you improve your grades because your mind is agile and attentive. But you have to remember that if you sign-up in an organization, you are expected to commit a time for them and be able to participate in their activities. Be aware of your priorities and manage your time wisely. You don’t want to overexert yourself and let your grades drop.
  • Lastly, a student organization can be ways to have a fun experience. For some of the students, organizations in college are only a good way to build credential in their resume or another obligation that they need to handle. In addition, it can be a way to socialize with other students. With the activities and programs, you will be able to meet people and establish more friendships.

Do not think that it will be just another obligation that will require so much of your time or some way for other students to influence new students about their political views and opinions. Do not just join an organization so that you will have a great resume to present in the future. You should use this opportunity to learn more skills, be active in the college community, and be able to socialize with other students. Regardless of what kind of organization that you decide to join, use every opportunity as an advantage to grow and learn more.