Learning How to Get Involved
As someone who attended a tiny high school, I can attest that going to a small school can be both a blessing and a curse, often for the same reasons.
For instance, it’s nice that everybody knows everybody, but that can be really annoying because that generally means there is no privacy whatsoever. It also means that you can be involved in almost everything, which is great for résumés but not always for mental health.
I remember asking as a high school senior to be on the crew rather than a part of the cast in my school’s One-Act Play because I was exhausted from spending time doing homework for high school in addition for the three college courses I was taking that semester, on top of basketball practice and games and work for the other organizations I was involved in: Texas Association of Future Educators, Student Government, UIL, the list goes on.
Getting involved in high school was easy. I knew most of the people I would be participating with in events and contests. I knew my teachers well enough to say hello to their families whenever I saw them up at the school. And I wasn’t afraid to go to any of them whenever I wanted to help out or be more involved.
I had 11 students in my graduating class, most of whom I had been going to school with since second grade. Our school needed as many students as were available to participate in organizations, often just to keep them going.
Getting involved in college, however, is a different story by far. ASU is a fairly small, close-knit university — one of the things that draws a lot of people to it — but it is still a far cry from having a graduation class of 11.
Besides size, which may not be an issue if you went to a large high school, college has a lot more to offer as far as ways to get involved than high school did. With more than 100 student organizations, there is a way to get involved in nearly anything that interests you. And if you can’t find the club you are looking for, you can always gather a few other interested folks and start one.
If you want to find an organization on campus that interests you, I would recommend doing these things.
Look at the Bulletin Boards
People and organizations are always putting up fliers and posters about events and meetings and a whole host of things that are going on. Bulletin boards are highly useful in finding ways to get involved.
Talk to People
This is probably one of the best ways to get plugged in and, for a lot of people, one of the hardest. However, there are people out there that have the information you need and are more than willing to share it, if only you will ask. Go to events, talk to the people putting them on and try to figure out if you want to be a part of that organization or not.
Check Your Email
I’ve often been surprised how many people don’t check their ASU email. I check mine multiple times each day, and it is a useful resource to know what is going on around campus, including details about events and sometimes meetings or ways to get involved in various student organizations.
Go to the Website
Look up student groups and organizations by going to the ASU website. The Student Organizations page will give you access to what types of organizations are available in addition to the name of each club’s president and faculty advisor.
All in all, there are many options for getting involved on campus. It’s very rewarding to find a group of people who are interested in the same things you are and it is well worth the effort of searching for them.