Arriving at college for the first time as a freshman can be intimidating, for many students it’s their first real time away from home and stepping into the adult world. You may have no idea what to expect but you still want the experience to be great. A good college experience depends a great deal on your environment and the people that you surround yourself with. While you are in college to get an education you should take advantage of the social aspect too. Making the most of your college experience is as important as the education you will get.
Groups and Social Clubs
During your time on campus take the time and look into joining groups and participating in events. It goes without saying that your grades should always be your number one priority but that’s not the only part of the college experience. The connections that you make while in college or university can last you a lifetime. That doesn’t mean that you have to join a fraternity and spend your entire college experience getting drunk but you should participate in social activities. The networking opportunities that you have in college are like none other.
As a freshman you may not have anyone to tell you which clubs can benefit you or which you should be involved in. You may have to introduce yourself to some other students and find some common ground. Start with conversations with classmates about an assignment and from that you can find out what they are involved in. Look at some of your hobbies, do you like gaming, photography or sports? Colleges have a wide variety of students with a diverse group of interests so no matter what you like to do in your spare time, there is going to be someone else that shares that interest. Here is a look at some of the clubs you can join.
Student involvement is an integral part of the college experience and you will make connections with professional colleagues and friends that will last you a lifetime. Whether you choose something that will help further your academic career or something to make college life more fun, it doesn’t matter. Open yourself to new people and new experiences, learn a new skill or a new language. Do something creative with your college experience, there is more to college than just studying. That is what college life is all about.