Student organizations can be a great way to get involved and make new friends. They often offer leadership opportunities, learning experiences, and environments to network with professionals. Here are five great reasons to join a student org:

Better Grades and Time Management

While you may think that keeping up with your classes is going to be too much, think again. Joining a student org can give you great skills in balancing your time. Because you will have other projects or deadlines to complete outside of the ones for your classes, you will learn how to create this balance between involvement and school, while still leaving free time for yourself to do other activities you enjoy. Studies show that working about 20 hours a week or less can actually raise your GPA, so get involved!

Networking

Student orgs are perfect for networking with professionals in the fields you are interested in. Many schools have student alumni groups, who work with alumni of the university to foster engagement for students who are on campus. These student alumni groups have direct lines to hundreds or thousands of alumni, who you can easily get in contact with. Networking is highly important in our world today, and can help you achieve your goals.

Experience

Maybe you weren’t involved in anything during high school, so you’re looking to gain experience working with others or planning events in college. Student orgs can give you just that. Depending on the kind of org you are looking to join, you can gain a ton of valuable experience. Employers don’t only look at the grades you received in classes you took. They also want to see what you decide besides that. The experience that comes with coordinating a huge, on-campus event can be used in the real world beyond college. If you want extra experience outside of your major classes, there might be a student org tied to your major that you could join. Most universities have a list of student orgs and activities to get involved in, so be sure to look for that list and see what you can find.

Community

Joining a student org is an easy, quick way to meet people. Starting at college can be scary, and dipping your toes in a student org can help you transition to college life. Look at student orgs you are actually interested in; they will be full of other people with the same interests. If you’re nervous about how to go about talking to new people, don’t worry! Lots of orgs facilitate icebreakers early on when new students join, and if the club really is something you’re interested in, it’ll be easy to talk about with other members. Because most orgs meet a few times a month, you’ll be able to make friends fast and build a community around you of people who care.

Fun

Besides all of the real world skills you can get from a student org, you can also have a lot of fun! The other members will become some of your closest friends and biggest cheerleaders, all while you get to do something you love. Seeing hundreds or thousands of students attending an event you helped put on can be the best feeling in the world. Whether it’s a campus activities club, a big fundraiser for your favorite charity, or a food tasting club, you can make new memories you didn’t think of before.

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