How To Get Involved on Campus

A Practical Guide

Posted by Talisha Griesbach on November 9th, 2020

Have you ever wanted to try new things on your post-secondary campus? If you have been playing basketball or dancing in your high school years, university is a great time to explore new interests, ranging from archery, to journalism and being involved in interest groups. I have had my fair share of trying new things in university, and although it seemed daunting at first, it was easier than I thought! In this blog post, I will share with you steps you can take to be more involved on campus.

Step 1: Brainstorm the clubs you are interested in

Always start with an idea of the activities you want to engage in, whether it is something you’ve enjoyed since high school, or something new you’ve been itching to try. Jot these down on a piece of paper or your phone’s notes app.

Step 2: Reach out

The next step is to reach out and learn more, regardless if you will commit yourself to the club. If your campus hosts a day when student clubs showcase their activities, visit the clubs related to the activities you have listed. For example, the University of British Columbia has an annual day called “Imagine Day” where clubs come together to promote themselves and find new members. Approach their booth, regardless of whether it’s virtual or in person, and ask them to tell you more about the club. Chances are, they’re more than willing to share all about it. If your school does not have a showcase day, or you missed it, search the activity name, followed by your school’s name, online. If I want to join a dancing club in UBC, I would search “UBC dancing club”. Then, open their Facebook page, read their “About” tab, read their posts, and message them if you have any questions or want to get involved. They will reply you with the next steps.

Step 3: Commit

After learning more about new clubs and activities, commit to the ones you think you would enjoy the most. I highly encourage you to try being involved in a club for at least a semester, and after that, re-evaluate if that club is something you want to stick to in the long-term.

And with that, you’re all set to join new clubs and meet new people! Remember that although you’re a student, and that studying is your priority, the post-secondary experience includes getting involved in extracurriculars and meeting new people. Enjoy it while you can, and good luck!

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