Written by Anna Seethaler
Growing up, we were 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 as 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 community service in Athens and the surrounding area, social events, and even professional networking trips that can open your eyes to a variety of unique prospects. One of the top priorities at this time in your life is to be learning about yourself—your interests, skills, values, etc. You do this, but DOING things and gathering new experiences.
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. 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 organizations can teach you a lot about who you are as a person, which, in turn, informs what you want to do with your life (ahem, career exploration). Join a group that sparks an interest and check it out! You may find out that this is something you want to pursue for your career—and, you can always change your mind if it’s not the right fit.
It connects you to OU
Ohio University is a magical place that most Bobcats view as their home away from home forever. Much of that deep connection comes from involvement they chose to pursue. If you take advantage of what the university has to offer, it will have an 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 experiences that will impress employers most and help your resume stand out in the pile. Joining student groups will provide you with experiences that boost a resume, such as leadership roles, fundraising, event planning, and more!
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.