December 19, 2011

Collegiate Perspective: Getting Involved

As a collegian, one of the best New Year’s Resolutions is resolving to become more involved on your campus, to diversify your resume and to expand your horizons. Here are some tips on how to become more involved, while still making time for Alpha Phi.

1. Write it all down. Whether you use a calendar, a planner or your smart phone, the key to making sure you don’t miss any Alpha Phi events is to first write them all down. Once you have that mapped out, it’s easy to budget time for other events on campus.

2. Schedule a sister date. If you and two other sisters are in Nutrition Club together, you’re building stronger relationships with your sisters and simultaneously meeting new people.

3. Find clubs in your major. If you join a club that relates to your major, the advisor may be able to write you a really valuable recommendation or connect you to a career opportunity.

4. Don’t overbook. The most important aspect of getting involved is knowing your limits. When you overbook, you won’t be able to commit as well to any of your groups and you will constantly feel the stress of trying to do too much.

5. Communicate. The best way to do it all is to talk to the people in charge. If you can’t make an Alpha Phi bowling night because the Student Senate is having elections, talk to the sisters in charge of the event. Let your sisters know what nights you have Senate and ask them to try to schedule fun events on your off nights.

There are so many opportunities on campus available to collegiate members. There's no possible way to do it all, but if you follow these steps, you’ll be able to do more. Learning how much you can handle will not only help you as a collegian, it will also propel you into balancing a successful career as a post-grad.

Katie Foster is a collegiate member at Delta Nu-Maine.

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