You may have heard that you’ll have plenty of things to do outside of class once you get to know others in your dorm or classes, but if you’d like to be more involved or if it’s been hard to make connections with other students, think about trying something new.
1. Join (or start) a club
Your school may offer an activities fair or have a special office or website where you can see what clubs exist and get connected with members. Check postings around campus as well. If you don’t find an organization that interests you, consider starting one. It might just take a faculty sponsor or manifesto.
2. Work for the school paper or social media sites
Even if you don’t have a writing background, these organizations are often looking for correspondents and bloggers.
3. Participate in student government
You can choose a level you’re comfortable with — from a floor representative in the dorm to student body president. Explore opportunities to test your leadership skills.
4. Become a tutor or teaching assistant
Put your skills to work and earn some money while meeting other students and faculty.
5. Participate in intramural or club sports
Never played dodge ball? Been awhile since you swung at a softball? Don’t worry; you’ll find all levels of competition and you may find a new activity to love.
6. Look for opportunities to serve your campus and community
Blood drives and classroom outreach are common activities on college campuses and may help you establish connections in the larger community.
7. Join a sorority or fraternity
Greek organizations exist for a variety of purposes, from community service to academic excellence to social and professional aspects.
8. Attend campus events
Go to the big game on Saturday afternoon or the picnic on the quad. If you don’t want to go alone, ask someone from a class or your dorm floor to go with you.
9. Get a campus or community job
Serve coffee in the union or pancakes at the diner.
10. Join a preprofessional organization
Many professional organizations have student societies that can help you achieve experience, network and meet mentors in your field.
11. Participate in research
Whether you become a lab assistant or agree to participate in surveys or studies, research involvement can help you meet others and gain valuable insight.
12. Go to lectures, performances and presentations on campus
Many schools offer special events like author discussions, professional panels, comedian or theatrical performances and guest lectures.