In college, you’ll grow academically and learn new things, and these are important components of your time in school. But they’re not the only part of the college experience.
As a first-year college student, you’ll also want to take advantage of campus extracurricular activities that will help you make the most of your time in college. Students who take part in on-campus activities meet new friends and like-minded people, learn leadership skills, become better equipped to work with others, and more.
Indeed, college admission officers looked closely at your extracurricular activities in high school, and they continue to be an important part of personal growth and the education experience once you move on to college.
How to Get Started
Learning all you can about a university’s extracurriculars is important before you even set foot on campus. Your college’s website has plenty of information, as do its social media pages. Information on extracurricular activities is typically included in the orientation process, as well.
In most cases, getting accustomed to your academic schedule first is a good idea before jumping into several activities. It’s important to determine how much spare time you have and the time commitment needed for each activity.
Are Extracurriculars Worth the Time and Effort?
We’ve already briefly touched on the benefits of participating in extracurricular activities, but there are more:
- Getting involved on campus helps build your resumé
- Joining organizations and meeting new people gives you access to opportunities you may not have had before
- Participating in extracurricular activities is a great way to take a rejuvenating break from classwork
- Meeting other students means you’re more likely to make friendships that last beyond college
- Interacting with your peers helps give you a new perspective on life and college
We’ve seen students grow and mature as they meaningfully engage in extracurricular activities, showing that their participation is well worth their time and effort.
How to Get Involved
Your approach to getting involved in extracurriculars depends on your time and interests. It’s important to keep an open mind and the willingness to try different things, and going out of your comfort zone often creates the most rewarding experiences.
Keep in mind that getting involved in campus activities is an ongoing process; don’t restrict yourself to the same positions and groups, and be on the lookout for temporary activities, such as service projects.
Ideas for Getting Involved
Most universities have a myriad of activities to choose from and you’re certain to find some that appeal to your likes and interests. The following are just some of the extracurriculars you may find at your college:
- Student government
- Tutoring or serving as a teaching assistant
- Intramural sports
- Social clubs or campus Greek life
- Volunteering and community service
- School newspaper
- Campus employment
- Studying abroad
Students at Lubbock Christian University have many activities to choose from. Learn more about LCU’s organizations, clubs, and intramurals with our guide below!