If there is one thing that every college student has in common with their busy lives, it would be that we all want to put ourselves in the best position to succeed in the future. As redundant and cliché as this may seem, getting involved on campus is the best favor that you can do for yourself as you strive for that goal.
I came into Slippery Rock University as a freshman feeling optimistic for the future, but at the same time, deathly afraid of it, as well. With clubs and organizations constantly coming in and out of my classes, it was a bit overwhelming to pinpoint where I could start.
Will I enjoy what I do in this club or organization? Will I fit in? If I don’t join now, will it be too late to do it next semester, or even next year? Now as a senior, I reminisce upon that time and wonder why I overthought it so much.
Take it from me, whether you are a freshman or a senior, it is never too late to get involved. Until the spring semester of my sophomore year, I was never formally involved on campus. A few of my friends recognized my love for sports and suggested that I join The Rocket to contribute to the sports section.
And when I finally did, the rest was history. In my past three semesters, I was able to cover just about every sport on campus, talk to coaches, athletes and meet some amazing people along the way. And now, I am part of the staff and would not trade it for anything in the world. Obviously, I had the pleasure of joining Lambda Pi Eta as well in my junior year, which has helped to push me out of my comfort zone, even in my last year of college.
With over 160 registered student organizations at Slippery Rock University, there is no shortage of opportunity to make an impact on this campus. Don’t be ashamed to try things out and get outside your comfort zone because you truly don’t know what you like or where your passion might be until you try it. I can guarantee every single person in every one of these clubs and organizations wantsnothing but the best for you and will welcome you with open arms.
Possibly one of the biggest perks of all is the fact that joining these clubs and organizations can help to strengthen your resume. No matter which area you decide to get involved in, it will be nothing but beneficial to show employers how you were willing to get involved on campus and what experience it has ultimately brought you.
The possibilities are truly endless once you push yourself to get involved, all you need to do is believe in yourself and see where your passions take you. I will forever be thankful of my time with The Rocket and Lambda Pi Eta, as they have provided so many opportunities that I never knew existed.
Tap into that potential, believe in yourself and you will undoubtedly make the most out of your time here at Slippery Rock.