Research shows that students who participate in student organizations report a higher level of satisfaction with their college experience than those who do not. Some benefits of student organization involvement include:
The Student Activities Office and Center for Civic Engagement host an Activities Fair at the beginning of fall semester where registered student organizations set up booths and introduce themselves to prospective members. It is a great way to learn more about a lot of organizations in one setting. A few weeks following, the Center for Civic Engagement hosts a Community Involvement Fair where you can learn more about the community organizations and service. In the fall, the Patterson Court Council will hold separate information sessions about joining a fraternity, sorority or eating house.
While these are all great opportunities to make contacts with lots of organizations at once, you can always contact the organization leaders to see how to get involved throughout the year. Download the Student Organization Leaders List (PDF).
Begin with things that are important to you. Having deep and committed involvement in a couple of organizations is more beneficial than being on the email list for dozens of organizations. Before joining an organization, ask yourself some questions, and then ask the organization leaders some questions.
Once you've joined a student organization, introduce yourself to people, ask questions, express ideas, and volunteer your time and energy. You'll feel like a real member of the group when you are a contributing member.