Getting involved in college

Hello, my name is Alana M. Brooks and I am currently fifth year senior at the University of Toledo graduating in May 2015 with a double major in Marketing and Management. I am currently involved in seven different organizations on my campus, four of which I hold an executive board position. My friends always tell me they have no idea how I can handle it, but I wouldn’t trade the experiences I have gained from being so involved for the world.

I cannot begin to stress the importance of getting involved on your college campus and joining one or multiple of the hundreds of organizations and extracurricular activities that are available to students. No matter what University you are attending, there are always so many different organizations that are available. Coming in as a freshman to the University of Toledo, I admit I was scared. It was a new lifestyle, new environment, new everything. It was difficult to adjust to not living at home with my parents and holding myself accountable for cooking meals and doing homework.

There are always hundreds or different organizations available that appeal to all types of students. One of the most beneficial aspects of most universities is that there is usually always an organization or organizations that revolve around different majors. If you don’t find the organizations offered appealing, getting involved in organizations that revolve around your major is extremely beneficial for many reasons.
1. Being in an organization that revolves around your major can help with getting full-time jobs
2. Helps you build your network
3. Gain friends that will be taking similar courses as you and therefore you can form study groups.

However, you do not necessarily need to be involved in an organization that revolves around your major. Just joining any organization on your college campus will help you build your network and most of all build your resume. When applying for internships or full-time jobs, employers will always look for candidates with leadership experience and campus involvement over just having a perfect transcript.

The most important reason to get involved on your campus though is to make the most of your college experience. From the organizations that I have been a part of and am still a part of, I have gained friends that I will have for a lifetime, and memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. College graduates and alumnae always say “make the most of college because it is the best four years of your life.” I can completely attest that it is true, college is the best four years of your life if you choose to make it the best it can be. I am a part of a sorority on my campus, and every fall semester when we get our new members, I always encourage them to get involved in other organizations besides our sorority and expand their network and gain even more friends. Making the most of your college experience is why I feel it is important to get involved on campus.

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