By Jernice Kelley
Web Content Contributor
When you are just entering college, one of the questions that may come up is whether or not you should join a student organization. At least for me, this was the case.
So, what are the benefits of joining a student organization? Well, here are just a few to think about when deciding if it is fit for you:
Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s not what you know but who you know”? Well, although that is not entirely true, as what you know is extremely important, who you know can also have a significant impact.
Meeting people and making connections with those who have the same interests as you is valuable for future career exploration.
Gaining Experience in a Safe Environment:
What better way to build skills and gain practical experience than being directly involved? If you are joining a professional organization, then chances are you will be attending activities relevant to that career.
It is one way to gain experience without the pressure of an internship and gives you a taste of what that particular path could entail.
Being a part of a student organization does not mean that it will be all work and no play. One of the best things about being in them is all the fun you will have. Some organizations are purely recreational, created by students who just want to find a like-minded group! Trust me, having a way to relax when things get tough in college is critical, and organizations can provide that.
These are just a few reasons why someone may join a student organization. Their primary function is to provide a way in which students can enhance their college experience.
While organizations can be great, some students have other concerns when it comes to joining them.
Paying Membership Dues:
Depending on the organization, membership fees can be a lot higher than others. For low-income or first-generation students, this can be a deciding factor in whether or not the student will join.
The good news is that all student organizations, charted, professional, recreational, or greek life, will offer payment plans for members. Students should also consider joining an organization that already has lower membership fees in place.
Some organizations do not require membership fees at all!
Dealing with Social Anxiety:
Dealing with social anxiety can be difficult, especially when you are trying your hardest to step outside of your comfort zone. Trying to be a part of a large student organization can feel overwhelming.
However, there are hundreds of smaller clubs and organizations that offer the same benefits as larger ones. Smaller organizations offer an intimate feel and leave room to make connections at events without creating an overwhelming feeling.
Also, being a part of a smaller club will lead to more one on one time with other members. Building these individual connections with members can help increase confidence and reduce isolation.
It will also make social events much more enjoyable. No matter what you choose to do, there is something for everyone.
For my fellow Bobcats, if you would like to know more about Texas State’s many organizations, or even how to create your own, be sure to tune in to KTSW 89.9 for the back to school broadcasts August 16th-19th!
Also, for those interested in being involved with local organizations and off-campus clubs, be sure to check out the San Marcos community page!
Featured image by KTSW Multimedia.