It may seem like a stretch - do well in class, have a social life, work, and join clubs - where will you fit in sleep?! We’re by no means suggesting that you overextend yourself, but joining one or two clubs, associations, or extracurricular activities will help enhance your college experience, build relationships, and help you learn life skills. We’ve come up with a list to convince you.

 

  1. You’ll meet new people
    Sure, you’ll meet people in class, on the same floor in your dorm, at the coffee shop, and at work, but meeting people in a club or association is a great way to connect with people who have similar interests.

 

  1. You’ll learn useful skills for your future career
    It may not seem like a resume-building act, but joining a club or association can help you build skills that will be useful for the rest of your life, including in your future career. You might learn how to talk to new people (network), organize events, oversee others (management), and structure your time.

 

  1. You’ll be able to relieve stress productively
    Sometimes you need something to rip you away from that 20 page paper that’s sucking the life out of you. Clubs are a great way to refocus your attention on something constructive. Instead of binge-watching the latest season of Stranger Things (again) you can do something fun that isn’t a complete time-killer.

 

  1. You’ll learn new things about yourself
  2. Joining a group on campus can help you learn new things about yourself. You can learn about your strengths, weaknesses, personal preferences, and goals. You’ll be able to watch other students and observe how they handle situations and in turn learn from their successes and mistakes.

 

  1. You’ll increase your people skills
    People skills are essential, and a great way to learn them is by joining groups on campus. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with peers, faculty-members, community members, and others in differing situations. You’ll be able to learn to read people, read situations, communicate to individuals and groups, and learn how to develop new relationships.

 

  1. You’ll learn teamwork
    Campus groups provide perfect opportunities for learning to work as a team. This is an essential skill for your future career, and comes in handy in personal relationships as well. You’ll learn how to lead, take advice, give advice, follow direction, and give direction.

 

  1. You’ll have fun
    If you choose organizations that you’re really interested in (instead of the ones you think will look good on a resume) then you’ll actually have a really good time participating! You’ll make life-long memories and relationships, and you’ll be glad you took that leap.

 

It may be uncomfortable to think about making new friends all over again. You might be afraid of putting too much on your plate at the very beginning of your college career. These fears may be legitimate, but don’t let them hold you back from branching out and making new friends, learning new things, and finding new passions.

You’ll always remember the wonderful experiences you had participating in campus groups and the relationships that you made with others.

What groups have you joined, or what are you considering joining? Give advice to fellow students in the comments.