With the semester in full swing, students may be looking for a little something extra to add to their schedule. What better way than joining a club or organization on campus?
Not sold on the idea of becoming a joiner? Think about these big two benefits to joining club or organization on your campus:
- Beefing up your resume — Let’s face it, potential employers like to see that you were involved on campus. Whether you’re applying for an internship or that first job out of college, being able to list some extra involvement may bump your resume to the top of the pile. There are plenty of groups on campus tailored to your future career. For this journalism major, that meant writing for the student newspaper and joining the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Both of those gave me a leg up at internship time.
- Expanding your social circle — Some groups might not be something you join to advance your professional interests, but rather your personal development. Things like community service groups, Greek life, or recreational clubs could introduce you to folks with the same interests. Joining a club is a great way to meet new people on campus and expand your network.
When you’re looking into options, remember not to overextend yourself. While joining organizations on campus have their benefits, they will take up a chunk of your time. Don’t let them interfere with your college studies. After all, that’s why you’re there.
So while you may be very passionate about numerous groups try to choose your involvement wisely. To narrow down your options, ask yourself questions like:
How much time will it require?
What are the benefits to my personal and professional development?
Does it work with my class schedule?
If you don’t find something that interests you, consider starting your own club!
What clubs and organizations are you interested in? If you’ve already found an extra curricular activity, tell us about it!