Getting involved on campus

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Getting Involved On Campus (In Ways Related to IGM)

 

            Between schoolwork and other typical responsibilities that plague the average college student, it can feel pretty challenging to socialize. This feeling can often get you down and might even discourage you from trying at all. College is a wonderful time to try out new activities and make long-lasting connections. Educational responsibilities should always be top priority, but getting involved on campus can be a creative, productive outlet for your free time. It’s very important to take advantage of the opportunities that are unique a college student, such as competitions on campus, sports, or events, as they can help you form long-lasting relationships and discover new passions.

            When I first started college, I saw a lot of clubs and events that interested me, but was afraid to socialize outside of the friend group I made early on in the semester. Eventually, I built up the courage to join a couple clubs and attend university-held events, which was one of the best decisions I’ve made while studying at RIT. Our university supports interests of all kinds in safe and judgment free environments. There are clubs relating to majors, cultures, sports, arts, lifestyles and more. I not only got to explore my interests, but I was also socializing and making connections I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to.

            In my opinion, the best thing about attending university is the fact that I can genuinely have fun while also developing my career. Getting involved with educational groups and opportunities can greatly benefit you later. Committees such as Women In Computing or the IGM Ambassadors offer students networking and resume-building opportunities through things like game jams, school-led events, or trips. These are all ways to advertise yourself as a brand and prepare you for the industry. Career fairs are also an amazing chance to get professional advice. You can show off your skills and get your name out there.

            Even events that aren’t strictly educational and don’t benefit you professionally can offer valuable personal experiences. As a freshman, I wasn’t engaged with extracurricular activities and felt lonely and isolated. I spent a lot of time alone in my room and felt like I never participated in anything fun. Once I joined clubs concerning my personal interests, I met friends who loved the same things I did and felt like a part of a welcoming community. I’ve done things I never thought possible at a school where I feel supported and strive to improve. If you’re