By: Jenny Vernet, Orientation Leader
Entering college is one of the most daunting and nerve-racking experiences an incoming student may encounter. College is a time where you are on your own and are entering new territory, such as advanced classes, peer pressure, and complex relationships. Through the many trials and tribulations you may encounter, it may seem as though getting involved with extracurricular activities is too time-consuming, too much of a commitment, and too taxing on one’s schedule. While a certain level of commitment is required, the payoff for getting involved is well worth the extra time. Below are the top three reasons why you should make the effort to get involved at Regis.
1. You get to meet new people
You will be surprised as to how many people you have not met. As you progress through your years at Regis, the faces of the underclassmen students may become unfamiliar. Some of these people have the potential to becoming some of your closest and lifelong friends.
2. You gain support systems
A lot happens in the short (yes, I said short) four years during your undergrad endeavors. Through these years, some of the hardest moments of your life are experienced whether it be broken friendships, a break-up, family issues, or even the political climate. The people you get to know and become involved with in these clubs or organizations become the people you can also rely on to keep you going when times are difficult.
3. You’re part of something bigger
As cliché as it sounds, becoming a part of a club or an organization gives you the feeling that you are part of something bigger than yourself — that you are helping out more than just yourself. With most of the clubs or organizations here at Regis, the goal is to help others and this selflessness grounds and humbles you.
These are just a few reasons as to why being involved on campus can benefit not only you but others. As a rising senior, I do regret not taking initiative in joining more clubs and organizations. Becoming involved in the Black Student Organization, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, as well as being an Orientation Leader, has truly transformed my time at Regis and I have gained experiences that I am truly grateful for.