Do you have a campus network? Find out why you should!

It’s easy to get wrapped up in your busy bubble in college. Papers, tests, adjusting to dorm living, and keeping up with friends can pack a schedule pretty quickly. But joining clubs and organizations and volunteering is one of the best things you can do to enrich your college experiences, build a better network, and even improve your health.

Build Your Social Network

Joining clubs is one of the best ways to meet new people. Even better, it’s a great way to meet people with similar interests and values as you. Whether you join a volunteer organization, a Greek system, or a club, you get an opportunity to spend time with people you have something in common with. The friends you make in class or on your dorm floor are great and important too, but they might not necessarily feel the same way you do about saving the whales or American film history. There comes a time when you need to connect with people who share the things you are passionate about. You open the door to active and stimulating conversations and activities that correlate to the things you love doing. Campus clubs and organizations can even open your eyes to interests you didn’t know you had and can introduce you to people you would never otherwise meet. Say you’ve enjoyed a few foreign films or skied once or twice and had a blast. Go to a few of those club meetings, even if you’re not 100% sure you want to join just yet. You may find that you have a great chemistry with the people there and want to further explore your new hobby!

Get a Jump on Your Future

Joining campus clubs is a great resume builder and can open doors to myriad opportunities that will benefit you post-graduation. Employers like to see that you’re a team player, and active involvement in campus organizations will show that you can commit to a group of people and work toward a common goal. Depending on the club, you may even open yourself up to scholarship and internship opportunities. Many campus organizations have national chapters that you can remain involved in after graduation, or that will offer financial aid to members. If you join an organization in the field you want to work in, your professional networking will get a huge boost. You may attend or organize events with people you’ll one day apply to work with, and getting your name and face on their radar early is a great way to grease wheels for when you start sending out your resume.

Feel Better

If you join a volunteer organization dedicated to a cause, it goes without saying that you’ll get a sense of satisfaction. Helping others has been shown to boost your self-esteem, improve your physical and mental health, and reduce stress. Being active in any sort of club or activity gives you a sense of accomplishment, too, and you’ll feel better knowing you’re out there, being a productive member of society, as opposed to lounging on the couch with the box set of Seinfeld. When you keep your body in motion, your systems all work better together and you’ll find yourself feeling more positive, having better energy, sleeping well, and generally being happier. And who can’t use a free boost like that every now and then?

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