Why joining a club could be right for you
It’s that time of year again: Club Rush. There are probably a ton of things competing for your attention right now — the second week of school, meeting new and old friends, struggling to keep up with classes already… I get it! But Club Rush is the one day of the semester where you can travel from table to table, grab swag from clubs, talk to new people and have a great time while doing so.
If I’ve made my point, stop reading. You’ve made the right decision to attend. But for those of you who are still on the fence about joining a club, let me win you over with three solid reasons why joining a club is one of the best things you can do in college.
The most obvious and beneficial reason, which I’m sure you’ve heard millions of times by now, is that you get to make new friends! Who doesn’t like new friends? It doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman, a senior, a transfer or even a faculty member: Making friends is one of the easiest things you can do in a club.
Senior Rythem Gauba commented, “[Students] should definitely join clubs on campus because it helps them network, learn different perspectives through people and keep up with their social life.” Plus, if someone is joining the same club as you, then you two probably already have shared interests. Boom!
Joining clubs can also make you more focused. Now, wait a minute. I know what you’re thinking: If you join a club, aren’t you giving up time you could be working on that PACS reading? Technically, yes, but most students tend to have more free time than they think.
Instead of using that time productively, they end up wasting it on the Internet. However, when students join a club, they tend to have a more structured and defined schedule. They know what they have to do at what time, therefore giving them a certain timeline to adhere to when working on schoolwork.
“It allows [a student] to see different perspectives and build unique skills that will help them in their college career,” explained junior Mushel Kazmi. It’s practically magic.
I’ve left the most important reason for last. Although it probably doesn’t seem plausible, joining a club can help relieve students’ stress levels. Hold on a minute before you get all worked up again! I know that by joining a club, a student is willingly giving up their time to something besides classes and schoolwork, but hear me out.
Since you’re joining something you enjoy and are readily pledging your time to that activity, you actually come out less stressed than you were before because it’s not an obligation. “College is where [students] can try new things and a failure from doing so is still okay, because you’re still doing something new and different,” added junior Grace Chang.
You end up having fun because you love what you’re doing, and therefore, your stress levels decrease. Et voila!
So there you have it: Three solid, reliable reasons to join a club this fall. Trust me, you won’t regret it! You’re only here for a limited time, and what fun would it be if you didn’t try new things out and gain different experiences? Have an amazing fall semester, Pacific!
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