We all know that being a student can eat up a fair bit of your time. The words ‘spare time’ are tantamount to swearing in some cases. While it’s important to focus on your studies while you’re in college or university, you also need to have some fun. For some people, that fun is found by forgetting the world exists and letting themselves become absorbed in a good book or an exciting video game. For others, fun can only be found through social interaction. But wait! You just started school and you don’t even know other people yet! This is a common dilemma and can be solved quite simply: join a club.
You don’t have to be crazy athletic to join a recreational team and you don’t have to be obsessed with a particular topic to join any other type of club. If you’re interested in learning more about the world, joining a club is a good way to start. Not all clubs have regular meetings and it’s a good way to get to know other people who share similar ideas as you. All you need is the confidence to show up!
Benefits of Joining a Club
One of my biggest regrets is not being more active while I was in university. I was so focused on studying and working that I didn’t look into clubs or other activities because I told myself I didn’t have the time for it. If I had the time management skills I’ve talked about before, I totally could’ve been in some sort of club. So now I’m passing this advice onto you in the hopes that you won’t make the same mistake.
Clubs are a good way to meet likeminded people. Always make sure that the clubs you’re interested in are supported and recognized by the school. Save yourself some unnecessary drama. The purpose of university and college is to spread your horizons and challenge yourself to learn more about the world and yourself. One way to do that is to connect with strangers who share common interests. Since the student unions and associations generally have links to the clubs, we grabbed them for you!
Drawbacks of Club Life
There are two sides to every idea. Sure, joining a club will allow you to meet all kinds of people in a safe space, but how in the heck are you going to make time for it? When you spend your day working and studying, it can be hard to schedule in a little fun. Especially fun that you have to leave the house for. Living on campus certainly makes attending a club that much easier, but not everyone lives in the dorms.
Another drawback is that the larger your school, the more chances there are several clubs in an area you’re interested in. How can you pick the right one? What are the differences between them? And then what happens when the club you want to be in doesn’t exist? Don’t forget if there’s a cost, can you afford it? Before you freak out, we’ve got some answers:
- When you live off campus: you can find a club that meets around your class schedule. You have to be there for lectures anyway. Stay on campus for an extra hour after class.
- The time thing: time is flexible. When you want it bad enough, you will make it work.
- Multiples of the same club: who says you can’t visit each one? A lot of clubs let people attend a session or two without commitment. Take advantage of that.
- It doesn’t exist: You can make it! Start your legacy as a lover of pineapples by making a club devoted to them.
- Show me the money: not all clubs need dues. If cost is an issue, try to find one that doesn’t.
The Decision is Yours
No one is going to force you to join a club. That’s just weird. If someone tries to force you, run away! Joining a club should be a fun, voluntary, thing. You’ve got anywhere from two to five years at school. You probably want to make some fun memories and just maybe you’d like to meet some more people. This is an awesome way to try.
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