Are you wanting to have an exciting college experience to proudly look back on at Texas Wesleyan?
You can… Being involved on campus is very simple no matter what your classification is. Whether you live on campus or are commuter, a freshman or senior, international student, transfer student, graduate student or even an alumni!
As a college senior and mostly a commuter, my involvement in campus organizations has increased incrementally since I first started out as freshmen at Wesleyan. You can imagine I have seen the campus and student body tremendously grow in activities. I have been involved in at least seven different organizations since I first started out and I plan to expand on my list to becoming more involved throughout the year.
Finding an organization for you is simple. Being involved has more benefits than just having another organization to add on your resume. See how it can benefit you!
Meeting new people vs. time
The pro to being involved in organization(s) on campus is being able to meet new people and make new friends. The con is that organizational meetings can sometimes be time consuming. Keep in mind, most have lunch meetings at noon, however, I have seen and been involved in organizations that have meetings in the evening and even weekends. Campus organizations have events at different times for the semester, so if you cannot attend a meeting, you can simply contact the person in charge to participate in the event. For me personally, I have commuted a majority of the time I have attended Texas Wesleyan and learned to find time to make meetings or events. Thus, there is always a time that will be able to fit your schedule.
Looks good on resume vs. overwhelming
Let’s be honest, most of us want to join campus organizations to not only make new friends, but to have another thing to list on our resume. We forget that the more things we want to list and be involved in, the more overwhelming it can be due to the time constraints and priorities. Yet being able to figure out a way to schedule out time is essential to when you graduate and go out into the workforce.
Gain leadership skills vs. Relationship issues
When involved in an organization, you learn responsibilities, how to plan and prioritize. When seniors graduate, they pass down the position for you to fill in their shoes.
When being on a small campus it is easy to burn bridges, however, you soon learn to maintain professional behavior to avoid such situations.
Feeling of belonging vs. conflicts on having to choose
In the beginning of the semester at President’s Picnic, it is a bit challenging to choose one organization over the other. We all sort of shop for the organization best fit for us while passing by each table. You can see the leaders of each organization vying for your attention to join. Taking the time to finding the best fit organization and friends that share the same interests as you is very rewarding.
Networking vs. conflict of interest
With so many organizations, there can be conflicts of interests due to time overlapping one another. Again, planning out and scheduling helps prevent such conflicts. When you graduate, it is evident the networks you create in each campus organization will benefit you in the long run for when you go out into the workforce. Being able to give back as an alumna can help students thrive just like you did when you were an undergrad or even a graduate student. I know I will.
Finally, I am proud I chose Texas Wesleyan. I look forward to eventually give back as an alumni just as the university has gave me so much to offer and learn. The “Smaller. Smarter” brand suits the close connections in the small community. Finding the right campus organization is like finding the right shoes that fit. When you find the right fit, you learn to take the right steps to your future and pass down the same leadership skills to inspire someone else to fit your shoes as well.