Why get involved in college

Christian Davis is a poet, writer, actress, and pop culture enthusiast. She is a St. Louis native and a May 2014 graduate of Langston University in Langston, OK. Davis received her Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism while on the E.P. McCabe full-ride scholarship. While at Langston Universtity she was a member of the Langston University Ambassadors, Miss Black Langston University 2013, president of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), a spring 2014 initate of Alpha Chi National College Honors Society, a spring 2012 initiate of the Beta Upsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a host of many other prestigious organizaitons. Davis’ journalism/communications resume includes internships with MLC PR Los Angeles, Perry Publishing and Broadcasting, and NBC News Channel 4 Oklahoma City.
In her spare time Davis enjoys creative writing, poetry, theater, watching films, and traveling across the world. She proclaims her social platform in life to be children’s literacy especially in the urban community. She is currently writing a children’s book series and producing a Youtube talk show that is set to air in January 2015.

Although the primary purpose of college is to receive the best education and to attain a degree of higher education, networking is also an essential part of the college experience. There are many lessons to be learned on a university campus outside of the classroom walls, especially from your peers who come from various different backgrounds, cultures, and ways of life. One of the best ways to connect with fellow students across such a large open forum is through joining student organizations.

Many universities offer a wide range of on-campus activities and clubs from Student Government Association to intrammural sports to Greek fraternities and sororities. As a freshman or transfer student new to campus, inolvement in student organizations can be a resourceful tool for making new friends and getting exposure to other sectors of student life. The more social groups you become familiar with throughout the school, the smaller the campus will begin to seem.
I would encourage all new students to branch out and dabble in a little bit of everything to better acclimate yourself into the social scene at your college and as a way to discover and explore your unknown interests and talents. Even if you don’t continue to be a member in these clubs or organizations for your entire collegiate career or even a full semester, it doesn’t hurt to get the experience, meet possible lifelong friends, and learn some news things along the way. Even if the experience turns out to be totally unpleaseant and you end up hating it, at least you tried and you can check off your list of new adventures. You can also use these experiences, good or bad to find your hiddent strengths and weaknesses, which you can apply to your scholastic endeavors. There are a plethora of ways that extracurricular activities can directly benefit your academic career, such as resume boosters, pathways to valuable internships and fellowships, and enhance overall academic performance and morale.

If you’re not sure of all the activities and student organizations are offered at your university, social media and word-of-mouth via your classmates will be your best resources to get in the”know.” When out on campus be on the look out for organization fairs during orientation week, as well as throughout the school year. Also, most colleges have jumped on the social media train to better connect with the student body, so there’s a good chance that your school will have a Facebook or Twitter account, in addition to the school’s main web site, that advertises upcoming campus events. Once you begin attending events, you can ask members of the respective organizations or other attendees about follow-up events and meetings. Many student clubs often collaborate to host social events or community service projects, so once you’ve integrated into one, it is usually a fairly easy transition to crossover into other related groups.

After you have done your research as to what your school has to offer and even joined a couple of them, if you still don’t stumble across anything that peaks your interests, you can always start your own organization! There isn’t anything more innovating than stepping into unchartered territory and instead of following the set course before you, paving your own. If you notice a certain demographic has an unfulfilled void amongst your student body or a particular area of interest that isn’t being represented, you can be the trailblazer on campus to start that organization or team. Don’t let your status as “the new kid on the block,” hinder you from standing out and possibly making an impact on your campus. So get out there and explore until you find your niche, and don’t forget to have a little fun in the midst of it all; for we know all too well how swiftly college days shall pass.

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