When it comes to social activities in college, there are many ways to avoid being left behind, but you’ve got to make it happen. Going to class and studying are important, but if you find yourself bored or feeling disconnected from the college experience, it’s time to connect with classmates outside of class. The easiest way to connect socially with other students is to get involved in some extracurricular activities, and the best way to do that is with campus clubs.
In some cases, it’s just more fun to do things as a group. Whether it’s a party, a trip to the lake, or tailgating at your favorite sporting event, more people usually means more memories. There’s a camaraderie that comes with those activities because it’s a good way to bond with others. Clubs or groups related to academics can also be a great way to learn about your field of study. The benefits of joining a club are many, and here are just a few to consider.
Broaden your social circle
OK, this one is obvious — you will meet more people when you join a club. If you’ve not yet gotten to know many people, getting involved is a great opportunity. Not everyone you meet will become close friends, but you might just meet someone who could help you in your career at some point. So, put yourself out there, get involved, and enjoy the benefits of a wider social circle.
Discover a new career path
Trying new things is the best way to find out where your true interest lies. Maybe you have your heart set on a specific career direction, but after a positive experience in a group or club with a slightly different focus, your whole perspective changes. You could gain insight that will open the door to a different life direction. You might even discover that you’ve changed your mind about your initial field of choice.
Diversify and expand your interests
Your curriculum may be all about one area of focus, but don’t let that limit you. Stay open to other groups and campus activities that are outside your course of study. Getting involved with other types of activities will broaden your knowledge base and maybe spark an interest in charity work or some other service activity where you can give back to others.
Strengthens a resume
This may sound harsh, but it’s true. Any extra involvement in clubs, groups or organizations is a great way to build on your resume. Being involved outside the classroom shows that you have self-discipline, are motivated and that you recognize there is a bigger world out there beyond your own personal interests. Finally, it presents you as a well-rounded person, who is ready to take a leadership role not only in their career but in life.
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) has a wide range of clubs for our vibrant and active student body. Some are academic, some are service-related, and some are purely for social interaction. Regardless of their focus, all are important. Because inside the classroom, we learn about our chosen course of study, but outside we learn about ourselves.
Connect with one of our advisors today to find out more about the health education programs offered at CUKC, as well as the extracurricular activities that are available.