Remember the days in high school when everyone was a part of something? Whether you were a member of Student Government, Spanish Club, Debate Team, Science Club or a Dance Team, extracurricular activities made school a little more bearable. But in college, finding organizations to join isn’t quite the same as having fun with your high school besties after sixth period. Although most student organizations in college are about their business, their overall goal is to help groom your skills or interests for professional development while creating a sense of camaraderie with your peers and affinity for Georgia State.
Several students choose not to join an organization because they have a busy work schedule or would rather focus on their coursework. Well, I’m going to say, “There’s no excuse!” On-campus organizations can only enhance your academic and social experience in college. Most of them have great networking opportunities and offer a chance for you to meet students interested in your area of study. Finding your place maybe difficult at first, but it’s definitely worth it in the end.
For instance, I joined Georgia State’s Public Relations Student Society of America my sophomore year. For those who don’t know, PRSSA is national organization that offers members networking and professional development opportunities. My first semester there was a little awkward because most members were more knowledgeable about PR than I was, but once I became more involved in our networking events, guest speaker series and member socials, I developed a better self-identity with my peers and professional goals.
Now, everyone may not have the same experience I did, but if you give something your best effort usually the outcome is a positive one — or a job after graduation, and that’s not bad either!