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How to Find Organizations to Be Involved In

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Getting involved on campus is fundamental to the undergraduate experience. You can build your resume, make new friends, contribute to a great cause and set a good example for other students. Here are some ways to find organizations, programs and student groups to join.

Attend an Activities Fair

Colleges and universities host activities fairs at the start of each year, where representatives from different groups promote their organizations. These fairs can be overwhelming, so do your research and make a game plan for which organizations to check out. Attempting to chat with each representative will tire you out.

Start looking early with a general idea of what you want. From there, you can weigh each group’s time commitment, cost (if any) and other crucial factors. If you decide you want to learn more and potentially become a member, sign up. Beware, though, that signing up for too many can lead to email spam and confusion.

Look Online

You don’t need to be on campus to look into student organizations. Find an activities directory and make a list of those that interest you. It’s smart to check them out in person to get a better sense of what the program is about. Doing research to narrow your list will save you time once you’re on campus.

Go to Events

If you missed the activities fair and are late to finding appealing student organizations, there’s nothing to worry about. Many groups continue to recruit after the first few weeks of school. A great way to show interest is to attend events and talk to those involved. Demonstrated interest makes a difference.

Check Social Media

Once you start following college and university friends on social media, you will start seeing plenty of advertisements for student groups and events. If any of these look interesting, give them a shot. It’s a win-win, as you’ll support your friends and consider a new program to join.

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