Andrea Masenda is a graduate of Texas Christian University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a minor in creative writing. The Denton, Texas native served as AD/PR Coordinator for TCU Campus Recreation as well as a Team NFL Intern with the United Way Worldwide. She has also served as Opinion/Arts and Entertainment Editor for the TCU Daily Skiff, Associate Editor for TCU 360, and contributing writer and columnist for TCU's Image Magazine. Andrea is an aspiring journalist who has participated in various journalism programs, including The Institute on Political Journalism through Georgetown University in the summer of 2010.
It is never too late to get involved on campus. Whether you want to join a club, get in on some competition or just make some new friends to hang out with, it’s never too late and it’s never unnecessary.
Making friends isn’t just for first-year students. Friendship is a vital part of human interaction, and we need fresh faces and new relationships in order to evolve into the best versions of ourselves. So often we see college freshmen across the nation in troths, maneuvering through their new element looking for a new group to involve themselves in. But why should it stop there? Four years is a long time. Connections are made early on, some get strong and some wither off. As a sophomore, junior, or even senior, it’s never last call for joining a new group and branching out.
Every semester gives you an opportunity to add complexity to your character, find a group that you want to learn more about and attend their meetings. Surprises happen most in unfamiliar elements and putting yourself into them can bring about amazing results.
Toward year three and especially year four, you may start to find time closing in on you. You start to ponder what’s next in your life. Joining a club or an organization later in your collegiate years can help decipher the unknown. You may find that you have a solid, unyielding appreciation for philanthropy simply from doing some volunteer projects with the student chapter of YMCA. Or maybe you found your true calling for implementing laws and procedures through your brief involvement in student senate. These realizations are incredibly valuable as you venture into the adult world. Maybe you’ll begin your career in a non-profit, or maybe you’ll find yourself working in the mayor’s office. You would have never known if it weren’t for dabbling in different student organizations.
Nevertheless, never lose connect with the inner freshmen in all of us; that wide-eyed post high schooler with an open mind and a sense of adventure. Don’t get so comfortable with your friends and your routine that you forget there is a big campus out there, still as welcoming as it was the very first day you moved in.
Head to class everyday looking to make a new friend. When you see a sign on the hallway for the Young Americans for Change meeting or for a study abroad informative session – consider attending, and then attend. You never know how it will impact you.
They always say you get as much out of college as you put in. Go all in.