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The Best Ways to Get Involved on Campus

December 18, 2017

Soon after students arrive to college and become acclimated to campus, many freshmen will then have questions about how to get involved at school. With good reason too, as getting involved in college is one of the key ways to ensure a great experience over the next four years. While there are tons of ways to do so, here are some of the best:

Join a Student Organization

Maybe an obvious suggestion, but joining a student organization remains one of the most widely used avenues for campus involvement. But what is important here is to carefully consider what organization will be the right one for you. While some may see student organizations predominantly as a means of resume building, finding an organization that you’re willing to invest your time in purely for the enjoyment of it proves valuable. Not only will you then be apt to make strong connections with other club members, you’re also able to explore something that really interests you. And if there aren’t any organizations that really appeal to you, starting your own club can be a worthwhile endeavor.

Join Greek Life

If you’re at all interested in Greek life coming into to college, I’d definitely encourage you to explore the various Greek organizations on campus. Joining Greek life is a great way to meet a wide-range of people who have different perspectives on things but who still share similar values to you. Greek organizations are also a big proponent of getting involved in other ways, too, such as philanthropy, sporting events, and general campus initiatives. It’s no wonder that those involved in Greek life are also some of the most active members on campus.

Join a Club Sports Team

If you’re looking to carry your competitive sports career from high school into college, club sports are a great way to do so. It’s also a fantastic way to join a small community and build friendships early on freshmen year. Although I don’t play a club sport, I have a few friends who do. For one of them in particular, his club team plays a huge role in his college experience. Outside of the weekly practices, he and his team are often looking for ways to get the group together to hangout and grow that team chemistry.

Play Intramurals

If you’re looking to play sports with a balance weighted more in favor of fun (although with the competitiveness still there), then intramurals act as a nice medium. Most Greek organizations make teams for all the intramural sports and even some student orgs put together squads. But even if you’re not involved in one of those organizations, finding a group of friends to make a team can be yet another way to get involved. It also helps you find a community of people who, even outside of intramurals season, want to play pickup games during their free time.

Get a Campus Job

This option serves multiple purposes. Not only do you make money through a campus job, you build work connections, too. Campus jobs allow you to interact and make friends with people you might otherwise not come into contact with because they’ll be your coworkers. Also, depending on the job, you can meet a lot of students outside of your academic year. Writing and speech consultants, for example, often work one on one with a lot of freshmen and sophomores as they prepare for final presentations and essays.

 

Ultimately, campus involvement is all about taking advantage of your time in college. It’s about forging relationships with both like-minded people and those who expand your perspective. It’s about finding communities that share similar interests and prompt you to make your four years a busy, yet truly fulfilling experience. 

My name is Joe. I am currently a freshman at the University of Richmond. I plan to major in Business (concentration undecided) and to minor in Creative Writing. I consider myself a man of diverse interests. I find just as much enjoyment in playing basketball as I do staying home to read a book. In terms of music, I'll listen to most anything, whether it's Frank Sinatra, today's top 100 hits, old school rap, or anything in between. Same goes for movies. New movies, old movies, black-and-white movies, action movies, romantic comedies, serious dramas. It doesn't matter; I'll watch them all (and often choose to). Aside from that, I'm simply excited to be at UR and to be able to share my experiences with prospective students, fellow classmates, and anyone else who may care to follow along.

Why UR?

A simple answer to the question "Why UR?" would be to say that it just felt right. Though, whereas that isn't inaccurate, I know how vague and frustrating an answer like that can be for readers. So, I will try to explain myself. The University of Richmond, as I researched it more and more, became continually more appealing. Every new thing I learned became another reason to attend. (That certainly was not the case with other schools.) I didn't have to wrestle with thoughts like, "I guess I can live with that" or "Maybe it won't seem like that when I'm actually there." In fact, even viewing the university with a critical eye, it was difficult to find something bad to say about it. That may sound like I'm simply affirming my final decision, but it's not easy to answer that question without directly showing someone what I'm trying to articulate. UR is a place that, although ripe for descriptive writing, must be experienced firsthand to truly understand. That, I believe, says more than any list of reasons ever could.