My name is Connor Tompkins. I’m currently a Junior attending Roger Williams University. I’m pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a minor in Anthropology and Sociology. I’m currently a Resident Assistant on my campus. I’m also the Vice President for Hawks for St. Jude and serve as a member of the Campus Entertainment Network and Hall Council. When I’m not busy with my school work, residents or club work, I’m in the gym playing basketball or rooting for my Cleveland Cavaliers.
Question: why do people go to college? The answer is simple. To take classes and eventually earn a degree. However, if you ask anyone who has graduated from college what they remember most from college, it won’t have to do with the degree they earned. Instead, these college graduates will say they remember the experiences they had outside the classroom. I’m here to tell you that the majority of these experiences will happen by simply getting involved on your campus.
Getting involved is easy. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of opportunities on any given college campus to get involved with. Whether it be clubs, organizations, intramurals, work or any other form of involvement, there is no shortage of opportunities for involvement. All it takes to discover these opportunities is go to the Involvement Fairs that take place on campus or simply ask around. Almost everyone on campus will be involved with something so they can at least help point you in the right direction if you can’t find what you’re looking for.
The best part about involvement is that there’s options for anyone. There’s clubs specifically for certain majors (for example, my campus has Business fraternities and Engineering clubs). There’s clubs for various hobbies (Guitar club, Outing club, Art club just too name a few on my campus). There’s clubs that help certain causes (Colleges Against Cancer, Hawks for St. Jude, Peer Pals). Then there’s major Organizations that exist across many campuses in the country (Campus Entertainment Network, Inter-Class Council, Student Senate). On top of clubs and organizations, there’s also various intramurals that exist within college campuses. The most popular intramural sports are usually basketball, flag football, volleyball and softball. But there’s many more intramural sports that are offered on most campuses.
As you can see, there are so many ways to get involved on campus. All it takes is a little effort and for you to step outside your comfort zone and dive into involvement. By getting involved, you’ll meet tons of new people. The best part is that you already have something in common with these people: you’re in the same club/organization/intramural league! That means you already have similar interests. From there, it gets easy. You make new friends, attend meetings, plan fun events, go to fun events and create great memories. These memories will last you a lifetime and all it takes to create them is step outside your room and get involved.
Taking that first step to get involved can be a little scary at first. I’ll admit it, I was scared when I was first trying to get involved and join clubs. I thought I was being judged and I didn’t think I would fit in with any of the clubs or organizations on my campus. But then I went to my school’s Involvement Fair and I immediately knew that there was at least one club at this fair that I would be perfect for. I’m now involved in 3 clubs and 1 organization on my campus. I simply had to step outside my comfort zone and just approach these various clubs/organizations. It can be scary, but if you go in with an open mind and get excited about the friends you’re about to make and memories you’re about to create, then it doesn’t seem all that bad. Take it from me, it was absolutely worth it.
Some of my best friends in school now are people I met from getting involved. Some of my best memories of my college experience so far are from events put on by the clubs/organizations I’m involved with. So take it from me, take that first step outside of your room and go get involved. You won’t regret it.