Introduction — On Getting Involved in College
Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘the more you do, the more you’ll know’?
Over the last three years, that’s one of the main things that I’ve heard the most, not only from my resident assistants, but also from my family, friends, and professors. It’s a common denominator in all conversations when talking about college to any of those people.
They were right.
Coming to college, you learn (most of the time) what it’s like to be away from home. You learn to be self-sufficient. You learn all of the things that you want to learn, and you can choose everything for yourself. You become an individual and your freedom increases, teaching you how to make decisions for yourself and who you want to surround yourself with.
Let me let you in on a little secret: get involved. Do it early and do it often. It’s one of the easiest, most rewarding experiences that you can give yourself. The possibilities that come from getting involved are endless. Who knows, you may even score a job from getting involved in college.
I got involved in the Residence Halls Association at Oakland University and it made all of the difference for me. I was with that organization for two years and it gave me the opportunity to be a part of an organization that made a difference on campus. It allowed me to meet so many new people that I will gladly call my friends. It taught me how to become a better leader and to become a better person.
Because of my involvement at that level, I had the chance of getting involved on a bigger level: the Student Congress that we have on campus- the voice of the students. Though I’ve only been involved for a few short months, I’ve already learned so many new things that I know I’ll carry with me everywhere I go. Plus, I get to be a representation for all of the students on campus- some 19,000 people- and I get to give them the opportunities that I believe everyone should have during this time of their life: getting involved.
So you see, getting involved in college can teach you the things that you want to know. It can give you an idea of what you want to do with your life, of who you want to be, or where you want to go. It will give you the basic building blocks for the foundation of the rest of your life.
What do you say?
Comment and let us know if you’re getting involved in college this year!
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