The Spring semester is now (or soon) underway. This is the perfect time to get a fresh start if things did not go the way you hoped during the Fall semester. This is also a good time to get more involved and add to your resume. Being successful in college will require involvement in and out of the classroom. It is important to find a balance while in school. One cannot be consumed with just the rigors of coursework, but one must also tap into their interest, develop their leadership skills, and strengthen their social skills. Getting involved is essential to the college experience.
If you were unsuccessful last semester at getting involved, make an effort to join an organization this semester. Many organizations engage in Spring recruitment and are actively seeking new members. Look for flyers and posters on campus promoting organization fairs and other outlets to get involved. If your school does not offer a fair or if you have missed the fair, you should consider researching the university’s student activities website. The website should offer you a list of all active organizations on campus and provide contact information. Simply state your interest in the group and inquire about future meetings and events.
Spring semester is a good time to get your feet wet, with student ran organizations, but it is also a good time to prepare for the next school year. Spring is where leaders are selected for the next school year. This is a good time to decide how you would like to bring change to the university, how you would like to leave your mark, and how to shape your experience. Student government is a great way to make an impact on the campus, academic organizations are a great way to make an impact on the department, and special interest groups are a great way to impact your individual interest. All options serve as a great way to improve your college experience, leadership skills, and ability to balance commitments.
Of course you can be successful in college without being involved in organizations and of course being too involved can cause you to not be successful. The key to optimizing the college experience is to find balance within your weekly routine. All class and no play does not help you develop life skills that will be needed in future social and professional settings, while all play does not help develop you academically; finding balance is the key.