Everyone wants to make the most out of their post-secondary years.
What if we told you there’s a way to pick up new concepts, indulge your interests, make friends and learn valuable life skills all along the way?
It’s easy when you join a student club, association or committee.
If you’re introverted, juggling a full course load or unsure why you want to add more to your schedule, these groups can make a huge difference and add to the quality of your post-secondary experience. Here’s how!
Your classes play a crucial role in teaching you the fundamentals, but clubs are a place where you can put this learning into practice!
Whether you’re an engineering major joining a robotics team, or you’re in business and running for student association president, you’re using what you’ve learned in a real-life setting. Even a book or knitting club can help you build practical communication and interpersonal skills that will serve you well in life.
Some people say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Through active participation in student clubs, you’ll make new friends and get to know faculty in a way that can often help open doors in the future, whether this means academically, socially or professionally.
But that’s not all.
By broadening your social circle, you learn to embrace different viewpoints and mindsets, finding new perspectives to see the world—which is part of what makes post-secondary so enlightening for many people.
Even if you’re studying a subject you’re passionate about, you likely still have other hobbies you like to spend time on.
Campus clubs help you lean into these pastimes.
From recreational sports to dance, trivia or true crime, clubs present you with a chance to meet others at your school who love the same things you do. With many lifelong friendships being built on common interests—don’t miss out on finding your people!
If your studies are demanding, it’s tempting to spend all your time focusing on acing your next test or perfecting your papers. But in the real world, you’ll need to learn to find a balance between your work, family, social life and other obligations.
It’s not healthy to prioritize school at the expense of everything else.
Do you like lots of varied activities, or focusing on one or two? Are weekend meetings better, or do you prefer events to break up your weekdays? Clubs and extracurriculars give you a relatively low-stakes opportunity to learn what kind of balance works best for you.
Doing well in school is only one part of the equation.
Becoming the best version of yourself and helping others is another significant component. Campus groups give you a chance to learn more about yourself, your preferences, strengths and weaknesses, and how you interact with others.
It’s also an opportunity to give back through volunteer activities and uplift others around you, whether it’s your group members or the audiences you will serve through the club’s initiatives.
Most schools will have dozens of clubs you can join, making it a sure thing that you’ll be able to find at least a few that will interest you. Attend a few meetings and ask some questions to figure out which ones are a good fit for you—and dive in!
The experiences you’ll have can be life-changing, rewarding, or even just fun.