No matter if you’re a freshman, junior, senior or a transfer, there’s probably something out there that you can join at your college!
College in itself is a big lifestyle change and you don’t want to have to sacrifice your interests at any cost (at least in DU). Here are some reasons why joining a society might be one of the best ideas you ever had
This is probably the most obvious reason to join a society. At most universities, it sounds like a cliché but there really is something for everyone (may be NSS is your type). Being a club member will give you something to do and will definitely prove to be beneficial for you.
Making new friends
You’ll likely join a society because your interests pertain to what it’s all about. Societies are full of people that have similar interests, so you’ll already have something in common!
Whether it’s for sports, dance, academics, or volunteer work, societies are a great way to find a niche in college (who doesn’t want a gang in the college!).
Some societies, particularly academic ones, can help you get a head start into establishing professional references and promoting yourself.
Joining a society can give you access to many resources, programs, and people that you would not have met otherwise and these connections might just help you land a job after you graduate( May be one fine day you bump into Sundar Picchai, the CEO of Google and land up with your dream job *dream come true*).
Especially if you find yourself building up to a leadership position, any sort of societal activity you do can have a spot on your resume.
It’s never too early to start thinking about being employed, and active participation in a society shows that you have time management skills and are devoted to pursuing your interests.
Learning new skills
You don’t have to already be the best at something to join a society, so even if something mildly interests you, consider joining to improve your knowledge or ability. Every new thing starts out a little scary, so don’t be afraid to expand your horizons. The more you learn, better you become after all!
Some societies are strictly for volunteering, but a lot of others require you to do a specified number of volunteering hours per semester.
This is a great way to get involved in the campus and surrounding community, and again, is also another thing to use as a resume builder. (You can volunteer for social causes like clean campus drives or help a PWD student in your college).
Working for a noble cause, eh?
Sharing and promoting your interests and opinions
You’ll have the opportunity to spread awareness about whatever your society stands for and you’ll also be able to share your interests with others who have similar opinions as you.
Additionally, a society can help you broaden your mind and open you up to opinions and information you may have never considered before about a given topic. 🙂
Keep yourself from slacking
Societies can really help you stay on track, or rather; keeping yourself busy and occupied with things that won’t make you lazy will help excel your time management skills.
Do you have any friends who seem to have so much free time that they don’t know what to do with it?
Joining a club will help you have a more structured schedule that’ll help you focus on where you need to be and what you need to do. (This is obviously better than finding a new restaurant everyday to spend your evenings.)
By learning new skills, excelling, and receiving encouragement from other members in the group, there’s a lot of potential for personal growth when you join a society. You owe it to yourself to at least see what it’s like and see if there’s room for you to grow in an organization that interests you.
Societies are not meant to be a burden on you or your schedule. Joining a society can help reduce your stress by providing an activity you enjoy. Societies can provide you with some great, enriching experiences that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
There you have it—my top 10 reasons why I think you should reach out a little and attend your college’s next student organization day. You never know what you might find, and you never know what fun opportunities may lie ahead just from putting your name on a sign-up.
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