Being a college student is a very time-consuming thing. Winter break is over. In its place is getting up at 8 a.m., going to class all day and then coming home to do homework all night. And, somewhere in between all that, having a job to pay for school, making time for sleeping, eating and taking care of yourself. After all that, I understand it can be very hard to want to add anything else to your plate. However, SFA is home to over 200 student clubs and organizations, and there can be many benefits to you joining one that will be worth it.
Clubs are a great way to learn a new skill. For example, someone might be a business major, but they have always wanted to try their hand at writing poetry. I think a great way to do that would be to join a writing club here on campus. It isn’t a class, so there are no grades, which means club members get the fun of learning how to do something new without the pressure of having to study in a panic. Not only will you get to learn the specific skill, there is also the opportunity to learn how to commit to something, how to communicate effectively and other skills that will help in a workplace environment.
With clubs, I believe they are also great options get to meet new people who have similar interests, providing something to talk about on the journey to becoming friends.
Along with this, I believe you can also learn how to work with different groups of people, who all actually want to be there and have the same goal in mind. Depending on the club, some attendees might be in some of your classes. Depending on if the club is something relevant to a specific major, networking opportunities and experience can be gained, too. If a club has a competition, it would be simple to gain exposure and meet other people in a certain field. It can happen so randomly, but no one truly knows when the person you meet today can help you tomorrow.
Another great thing about being a member of a club is the many chances to give back to the community. There’s organizations that go out and help provide for the community, as well as organizations that help to improve our very own campus. If there’s a cause you’re passionate about, chances are there is a club full of people who want to also do all they can to help out.
Clubs are also a great way to gain leadership skills. If there is a club that has been well- established, it might seem like holding a position of power is something that seems very unattainable. However, with hard work, time, commitment and dedication can make it easier to move up. Furthermore, being in a club or organization looks really good on a resume. Being a person with great ideas that can help something thrive and grow is great.
If you’re passionate about something there isn’t a club here for and you’re sitting around going, “Gee, I wish someone would start an organization that did something I cared about,” guess what? You’re someone. Go out and start the club you’ve been waiting for.