Campus Guide'17: Don't fear trying new things
As I reflect on my three years at the University of Arizona and begin preparing for my senior year, I’m reminiscing on the memories and experiences I’ve had.
These past few years have been the best of my life, and I can attribute all of that to getting involved early on campus. Being a Wildcat is much more than just attending classes- it’s a total experience that each student makes their own through clubs, new friends, jobs, internships and much more. I know it can be a bit overwhelming thinking about involvement as you start in the Fall, so I have included advice below on getting involved on campus.
1. Challenge yourself to try new things
Being in college is a bank of new experiences and opportunities. You’ll be so grateful for these experiences and they will lead you to want to be more involved.
2. Attend the club fair
Our student body boasts an impressive 600+ clubs on campus from the “Corndog Appreciation Club” to professional organizations that will grant you networking opportunities and practical experience. The club fair is during the first week of school, but if you can’t wait to see all of the clubs the UA has to offer, check out InvolveUA online
3. Go Greek
Greek life is a huge part of our campus and ranges from traditional panhellenic sororities and IFC fraternities to service, professional and cultural organizations. Visit their website for more information.
4. Visit and participate with the cultural centers on campus
There are nine cultural centers that give students a home and a way to learn more and get in touch with either their own cultures, or others.
5. Get involved in your residence halls
If you are living on campus, residence halls are the most convenient place to make friends and get to know the resident assistants and staff in your hall. If you are looking for a leadership position in walking distance from your bedroom, attend hall council meetings and run for a position.
6. Play an intramural sport
Whether you were a starting player on your varsity team, or have never played before, the campus recreation center has plenty of opportunities to stay active and have fun!
7. Check out major-specific opportunities
Always look at the weekly bulletins sent out by your advisors and professors, and regularly look at your department’s website. Don’t be afraid to be proactive. Ask about ways to get more engaged within your disciplines in class or your advisement appointments.
Most importantly, enjoy your time as a Wildcat, and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and try new things. That is the Wildcat way, after all!
— Matt Lubisich
Student Body President