The Importance of Involvement
There are many reasons why I chose to attend the University of Arizona. It is my hometown school and the academics are world renowned. Once I started my time here, I quickly realized that there is another important facet to the college experience: involvement! There are so many reasons to find something to be involved in on campus, and the options are practically endless.
One of the things I was most excited about when starting college, was that I was going to be learning about the things I cared about. I would no longer have to take upper level math because my major did not require it, and I would be writing all the time like I wanted to do all through high school. This happens for almost everyone. As we make our way through college, our classes become more specialized. A caveat of this is that we begin to miss out on learning other helpful skills that do not come directly from our decided course of study. This is where involvement comes into play.
Clubs and other organizations have the goal of providing their members with experiences that are both enjoyable but also, worthwhile. The most obvious reason to join a club is to meet other students and make friendships. I can say with confidence that I have made lifelong friendships from the clubs I am currently in, but also ones that I am no longer a part of. It is okay not to find the perfect fit right away. I spent my freshman year going to all kinds of meetings for clubs I wasn't sure about, and I gained so much from it all. I ended up sticking with a few that are now huge parts of the student identity I have built for myself here. The relationships I have fostered are not only fun, but have been super helpful. One of those relationships lead me to my job in the Office of Admissions. A friend I had made in a club had given me the heads up about an open position. Now I get to work for the school I love so much, all because I put myself out there and tried something new.
If neither of those reasons have convinced you to venture out of your dorm rooms then I have one more. It's good for your health! College is different than high school, very different. It can be stressful but it doesn't have to be overwhelmingly so. The hour you spend at a club meeting can be the vital reset you need in order to complete a project or assignment.
I decided to make this my home, not just because of academics – I wanted the full college experience. Extracurriculars have made my personal journey through college so rewarding. It's also never too late to find something; I am in my third year and am still trying new things and finding different ways to get involved The University of Arizona has so many options for its students, so each person's time here is unique. My advice is to take advantage of this. Create the experience that is most worth it for you!