A little something for everyone

Nicole Hanson

Since the day we stepped foot on Mount Carmel, we’ve all heard the cliché remarks about why it’s important to get involved on campus. This call to action may even seem annoying after hearing it during tours, orientation and class, but getting involved is the best way to make a home for yourself at Quinnipiac.

Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, the fall semester is the perfect time to get a fresh start both in and outside of the classroom. Extracurricular activities allow students to become more connected to their school and the students in the community, according to U.S. News.

As a freshman, I didn’t see what was so important about getting involved. I was so caught up in adjusting to a new living situation and a heavy workload that I thought I would never have time to go to weekly meetings.

My sophomore year I decided to attend a few meetings of various student organizations that interested me. Almost immediately I became very involved in The Chronicle and PRSSA and I regretted not doing so sooner.

Getting involved on campus is a great way to practice your passions. Hopefully everyone here is studying something they’re passionate about, but how enthusiastic can you be about taking tests and writing papers?

Finding a student organization that truly interests you may seem difficult when Quinnipiac offers more than 100 extracurricular activities. But between service groups, Greek life and honor societies, there’s a little something for everyone here.

Although joining a group of diverse people might seem somewhat intimidating, working with other students who share your goals is exciting. At first I was nervous to work with junior and senior public relations majors, but being mentored by them helped all of us grow as students and professionals.

Education Quest’s website states meeting new people is one of the best things about getting involved. We see and meet new people everyday, but the occasional conversations with classmates don’t compare to the relationships we build in our student organizations.

Before I got involved my sophomore year, the only people I regularly spent time with were my suitemates. Even though we enjoyed each other’s company, I really felt like I made friends for life when I joined The Chronicle and PRSSA. Being able to work with students who are passionate about the same things I am has made my experience here 10 times better.

Extracurricular activities also give students a leg up when they’re looking for internships or jobs. Many of us haven’t had internships yet, which can be frustrating when internship positions often require experience in the field. However, doing hands-on activities outside of class will impress employers and demonstrate your professional skills.

From fraternities to academic groups, on-campus organizations allow students to improve their skills and create lifelong friendships while doing so. Get involved while you have the chance, because being in college is so much more than going to class.