Have you gotten involved with campus activities/organizations? Why not? What are you waiting for? College is about growth inside and outside of the classroom. What are you passionate about outside the classroom? What do you like? What do you want to learn more about? The only way you will get involved outside of the classroom is if you venture off and take a chance. Find out which campus organizations are active on your campus. You can find this information on the website, in the student activities office, or by asking other student like student governments, classmates, and your roommate. You will find organizations from intramural sports, to drama groups, to political groups, to special interest groups such as anime, ballroom dancing, and much much more.
Identify a couple of organizations that might be of interest to you. Find out when they meet. How? Look for flyers on campus, use the email listed on the student activities website, or follow them on social media. When they host events; go! When they have a meeting; attend! When they need officers on the executive board; run! This may sound easier than actually doing it, but going is the hardest part. Once you arrive others will welcome you with open arms, because they want some who is there to support the mission, do the work, and share the same interest.
Are you afraid you won’t fit in? It’s okay and it is normal. Go to the meeting and be yourself. You will find people that will appreciate you for who you are. You will not have to pretend, people will navigate towards the natural you. If you attend the event and things are not what you thought they would be stay (know that you do have the option to leave at any time) and give it a chance. Come back again, you will be a little more comfortable and you will recognize some familiar faces. After giving the experience a fair chance, if you still feel like this is not the organization for you. Go back to the drawing board; choose another organization and try again. Continue to try and put yourself out there. You will learn more about yourself, expose yourself to new social situations, and benefit in the long run from the experiences.