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The Low Down on Getting Involved in College

greekalphabetToday’s guest article comes from Stephen Nester.

Will you socially sink or swim? Much like real world success, in college it’s all about who you know and how involved you choose to be. So, how does an eighteen year old bright eyed freshman who can barely navigate their dorm halls figure out how to become a college socialite? Well, not overnight, but putting yourself one step in front of the rest is a lot easier than you may think. The following represent three approaches to acclimating successfully on your college campus:

Fraternities and Sororities

There are a lot of social stigmas and stereotypes that are associated with being a part of a sorority or fraternity. The truth is these societies are nothing like the “Van Wilder” college experience. These organizations are one of the best ways to propel your college career. Members of Greek life generally perform much better in academics than their counterparts. According to the University of Missouri – Kansas City, 71% of all fraternity and sorority members graduate. Not to mention, many businesses prefer to hire people who were involved in Greek life. Mark Zuckerburg, Wolf Blitzer, Bill Clinton, and the great Chuck Norris are just a few notables that were affiliated with a fraternity in their college days. And, going Greek might actually save you money at college…


Clubs, Groups and Organizations

Another great way to become involved on campus is by joining different clubs and groups. Unlike most fraternities and sororities, clubs are usually open to anyone who would like to join and take far less commitment. The typical college campus will have over one hundred clubs and groups to pick from. There are multicultural organizations, honor societies, arts and entertainment clubs, and sporting groups. Joining these groups is perfect for someone who is new to campus who would like to find people who share similar likes and interests. Be sure to use your school resources to help you seek out these organizations. They will most likely be posted on an online student involvement page.

Host an Event

Is there something you are passionate about? If so, why not share it with your fellow students. Campuses generally encourage creativity and will give you a forum to present your ideas or information. Anything from a poetry reading to a talent show could be put into production on campus. If you really want to share your frugal ways, you can even have an informational booth to show students how they can save money on summer storage.  Regardless of the topic, hosting and organizing an event is a great way to get your face out there on your campus.

Getting plugged in on campus and creating a social connection can be a daunting task. However, once you get more involved on campus not only will your college experience be better but you post grad life as well!

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2 Responses to “The Low Down on Getting Involved in College”

  1. Charlotte Pavlik says:

    Getting your face known on campus is a really important thing! When you have a bigger social network to reach out to, it makes accomplishing your goal easier! The more friends you have backing up your ideas, the more successful you are bound to be.

  2. Melissa says:

    Great article– I think that making your own club or organization is important too, rather than simply joining a pre-existing one. That way, you can create an identity through something that you love or are passionate about. Your face will be known through that light– many connections are made, too. Get your professional goals rolling while you can!


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