Many times incoming Freshmen have been so pre-occupied with high school extra-curricular actives in relation to the application and acceptance process that they forget to inquire about opportunities for involvement once they start college. Often, it is the relationships made in college activities that last a lifetime.
• Greek life dominates student life on many college campuses with a large proportion of students participating in sororities and fraternities. First appearing nationally on campuses in the early 19th Century, ‘Greek’ organizations offer members an instant network of friends that unite for a number of activities from formals and dances to study groups and community service efforts.
• Colleges also feature Student Government organizations usually compiled of members of the student body that either run for election or are appointed as a representative for member organizations. These groups participate in many aspects of campus life from planning entertainment activities for the year to participating in official school board meetings.
• The ‘front porch’ of most schools is their athletic programs. Not only do sports teams encourage school spirit for fans, alumni and the community, but they become a life-altering endeavor for the participants. Student-athletes usually meet every day for several months just prior and during their season. Team-building skills and friendships flourish in college athletics.
• Arts ensembles and organizations are plentiful on many campuses and also offer rewarding opportunities through performances and exhibitions. Band, chorus, drama and visuals arts are activities that enhance the overall educational experience for students, even if it’s not their major area of study.
• Universities have several student-written publications that offer the same camaraderie as other activities on campus. The newspaper, the yearbook and literary magazines are outlets for those students with skills in writing, editing and photography.
• Another niche of activities involves religious groups. Whether it’s a denominational or inter-faith organization, students looking for a faith-based campus experience should seek similar groups on their campus.
• Some students do not even have to leave their dormitory to be involved in school-related activities. Residence Life organizations are common on most campuses and provide activities involving those living in specific dorms or for those in living facilities campus-wide.