Written by Anna Seethaler
Growing up, we’ve been trained to think “school always comes first.” However, it’s time to change that way of thinking! Here’s why your campus involvement is just as important, if not more important than your class work.
- It builds your professional network.
80% of today’s jobs are found through networking, and what better way to build your network than by joining a lot of groups on campus. Not only does this connect you with fellow members, but it connects you with faculty, alumni, and other people related to your organization.
- It forces you to experience different things.
Being involved in on-campus groups forces you to try things you wouldn’t have considered doing on your own. Student organizations plan various outings, activities, and learning experiences that can open your eyes to a variety of unique prospects.
- It introduces you to new friends.
Along with joining a group comes meeting fellow members of that group that share a common interest or goal as you. That means you already have something in common, which is a great foundation to a strong friendship.
- It helps you find your passion.
Getting involved in a variety of organizations can teach you a lot about who you are as a person and what you want to do with your life. Join a group that sparks an interest have, and go after it! You may find out that this is something you want to pursue for your career.
- It connects you to OU.
Becoming more involved at your school helps you to grow and flourish into the person you wull be for the rest of your life. If you take advantage of what the university has to offer, it will have a great impact on your life, forever linking you to OU.
- It boosts your resume.
Although it is important to get good grades, it’s your outside experience that will impress employers most! Joining student groups will provide you with valuable information to put on your resume and LinkedIn when looking for an internship or full-time position.
- It makes you feel good about yourself.
Having a busy schedule can actually improve your overall mood and feeling of self-worth. Being involved on campus can keep you busy, happy, and healthy!
- It improves your post-grad life.
Knowing that you have gained professional experience throughout college can provide a sense of relief when graduating and moving on into the real world. Involving yourself during undergrad can teach you valuable skills that can be applied in your future career.
- It makes your weekends more rewarding.
Nothing feels better than taking time to relax and enjoy yourself after a job-well-done. The more productive and busy you are during the week, the more you will enjoy your weekends.
- It gives you bragging rights.
Involving yourself in a variety of things on campus gives you talking points, not only in job interviews and networking events, but also at family gatherings and first dates. Impressing people with your breadth of knowledge and experience can go a long way.
Not involved at OU yet? Check out our Campus Involvement Center to see what opportunities are out there for you!