The How and Why of Getting Yourself Out There

May 23, 2018

You’ve made it to college.  You’re moved in and finally know where all your classes are.  You know where to find the best salty snacks on campus.  You have a favorite nook in the library for studying and another one for napping.  All systems are go as far as this college thing is concerned.


Ok stop!  Yes, you are strongly committed to completing your course work and carving out a career path.  But there’s another kind of growth that occurs in college that requires your efforts as well.  Social and emotional growth.

Social and emotional skills are just as important as academic skills in the adult world.  And extracurricular activities are an ideal way to acquire them.    Here are some great reasons to take some time away from the books:

  • You’ll find your peeps.  Joining a group of folks that have interests similar to yours could be a pathway to fun and relaxation, and who knows, friendships and more.

  • There will be access to some activities at college – famous speaker series, club sports, inexpensive tickets to cultural events – that may not be available once you leave campus.



  • You can try something new in a low risk, friendly environment. Is there a world you want to know more about? Here’s your chance.

  • You could learn about aspects of a future career that are not necessarily provided in a classroom setting.

  • You’ll find that doing things outside the classroom, including giving back to the community, are great resume builders.

  • You’ll keep busy. Busy people tend to be the most productive.

Now that you have the reasons, how do you find the activities?  Here are some tips:

  • Stop at the tables – usually at the beginning of each semester there are events at which club members hang out at tables to answer questions about and recruit for their organizations. Take a minute or two to hear what they have to say. Not for you? Say thanks and move on.