From the very first day you get to college, you are bombarded with organizations wanting you to be a member. Not just a member, but an active member as well. Any campus is bound to have tons of organizations, groups and clubs for you to join. It is also important that you are in some of those organizations. But how do you determine which organizations to join?
Over involvement is something not many are aware of, but it is a big threat to many college students. You will likely find more than just a couple groups you are interested in on your campus, and that means you must make a choice. While you could be active in all of them, joining too many means your time is spread too thin. Don’t let your academics suffer because of over involvement.
Find the groups you truly love
You might find an interest in a lot of groups, but chances are you really love one or two of them. Join those two and be active in those. Of course, maybe two is not your limit. Find your limit and stick to it. Don’t let yourself slip into too many commitments.
Depth Over Breadth
You may have heard this saying before if you are familiar with college and even job hunting. It is better to be deep into one or two organizations
Don’t overbook your time with too many commitments than just be a member of many.
Find those groups you truly love and get involved in them to a higher level. Take leadership positions in them and work to make that group better in the years to come. If your grades start to slip, remember that the group(s) you’re in can help you out!
My Personal Involvement
For me, two organizations is where I am trying to draw the line, at least for now. I have higher positions in both the Residence Hall Association and Student Government Association on campus – and that’s just about it for my involvement. While that may not sound like a lot, between the two of them I will be busy nearly every day (and I only have class on Tuesdays and Thursdays)!
I chose to be involved in the two largest organizations on Indiana State’s campus, but maybe you prefer smaller groups like book clubs, sports groups or academic groups related to your major.
There are plenty of options to choose from, you just have to find what fits right for you.