Okay, so as I talked about in the quick blog we posted yesterday, I have been super busy lately. I was having a bit of a hard time coming up with a good blog topic and then it hit me, the one thing that I have been doing like crazy since coming back to campus, being involved.
Now I’m not going to say what to get involved in or try to convince you to do all of the things that I do on my campus, however I am going to encourage you to be as involved as you can be. This doesn’t just go for college students but also high school students, and even graduates or work force employees. In general, I just want you to be involved whether it be with an organization, club, Greek life, the community, your workplace, ANYTHING!
Being involved on my campus as definitely changed my life and my outlook on life. I have found many organizations that I am very passionate about and loving being a part of. To give you a sense of how much time a day I spend being involved (especially the past few weeks) here are some of the things that have been keeping me on my toes lately.
On my campus, I am involved with..
Program Council- this is an organization that plans all of the events for everyone on campus. They host Bingo nights, homecoming week, springfest week, poetry nights, open mic nights, craft nights, and everything in between. All the events that they host on campus are usually 100% free. Other than that, they also plan some Off Campus Adventures that cost money, but aren’t above $10, which appeals to the college student wallet.
Greek Life- I am in a sorority on my campus. Every week we hold a Chapter meeting that is mandatory to attend. Along with that we attend philanthropy events to support the community and our organizations. Since I am in Greek Life, I also support Panhellenic Association. This is the governing board for all the sororities on campus. It also has a Circle of Sisterhood philanthropy that we support and raise money for. We do tons of volunteering in the community, off and on campus.
Residence Hall Association- This is the governing body that allocates money to the Residential buildings, programs, and any other event that you may need money for. This group basically votes to approve your request or not. It also holds some fun events like making cards for people with cancer or playing games against other residential halls.
Lastly, I signed up for a six week course about Greek Leadership and Development (or GLAD). In this we have a small group of campus leaders who get together to have discussions with other adminstrators on how we can become a better campus leader and how we can make a better image for ourselves on campus.
These four organizations are just the major ones that I participate in and attend meetings for every week. As you can probably tell, my schedule is pretty packed. Between these organizations, working, homework and other campus events, you’re probably wondering why I make myself so busy.
The answer is simple. Being involved on campus brings you so many opportunities that if you aren’t involved, you wouldn’t have the opportunity to do. For example, if I weren’t in Program Council, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to attend the Leadership Summit I went to a couple weeks ago. If I weren’t in Greek Life, I wouldn’t have been able to sign up for GLAD. Of course, there have been other opportunities that are available to me that I have had to say no to, as much as I didn’t want to.
And that’s just the case, being involved comes with responsibility and most important time management. First you are a college student. Then you are a campus leader. What I mean by this is that sometimes you can’t do everything. You must prioritize your school work before your involvement. If you know that you have a busy day on Tuesdays, you have to plan ahead and do everything before Tuesday. If you signed up for some leadership course that overlaps with your work schedule, you have to try to find a way to schedule your work week in a way that isn’t intrusive. If you have a huge exam coming up, you have to make the executive decision not to attend the weekly meeting.
I think that the reason why I am so passionate about being involved is all the opportunities that I have found since joining the organizations. But aside from that, it is the people and friends that I have made through them. I would have never met my roommates had I not been involved with Program Council or Greek Life. I couldn’t imagine a life without them as they have become a huge part of who I have grown to be as a campus leader. These organizations give you so much more than you could ever give them. They give you a lifetime of memories in exchange for an hour of your time each week. They give you the strongest friendships in exchange for signing up to volunteer for an event. They give you experience for any career you may go into in exchange for a weekend traveling to a National Conference.
With that being said, I encourage every single high school student, college student, college graduate, parent, employee to get involved with something that is meaningful to you. Get involved with some organization that you are passionate about. What you take away from being involved is so much greater than anything you could imagine.