College is full of opportunities. The first week of freshman year is full of people stuffing fliers in your face and begging you to come to the first practice or meeting. Sometimes, it can be more than overbearing. So how do you find your niche in all of that?
Seek out information on your own. Although a lot of clubs will advertise on Facebook and your school’s information hub, there are definitely going to be things you’ll miss along the way. Contact your schools student organization center and ask if there’s a list of student-run clubs or an organization fair coming up. My school’s site looks like the picture above. You’ll be able to find out everything you need to know from people who get paid to tell you that information!
Try whatever you think you’ll like! You never know what you’ll enjoy until you go to a meeting or event. Even if you find out the organization is not for you, you may meet new people who share similar interests.
You don’t have to like everything you try. Most clubs expect lots of people to show up to the first meeting and less by the semester’s middle and end. You’re welcome to go to as many meetings and rush nights as you want to, but you don’t have to stick with everything. (It’d be almost impossible time-wise.)
When you do find something you like, stick to it. Go to the club’s meetings and events regularly, and inform the president or another officer when you won’t be able to make it. This will show your dedication to the organization(s) and the officers will remember you for it.
If you don’t think you can make a long-term commitment because of academics, let someone know. Fall semester is an adjustment period for everyone, even seniors and grad students. Let someone know you’ll be back in the spring if you can’t make the time commitment.
There are so many opportunities in college that it’d be a shame to waste them. Whether it’s sports, Greek life, clubs or a job, go out and find something you really love! It’ll make your four years so much more worthwhile.