|My Arizona Ambassador Cub Class|
When I say sustainable, I don’t mean eco-friendly or green. I mean that college life isn’t something that can continue after we graduate. This may seem like a no-brainer to some. To others, it just doesn’t compute.
College is a time to get involved. It’s a time to throw yourself into every single thing you are passionate about and do what you won’t be able to do after you graduate. For example, I’m involved in a lot of things on campus: Theta, Arizona Ambassadors, Accounting Students Association, Residence Life, and an on campus job. Off campus, I have two volunteer positions. Except for maybe the volunteer positions, all of that is going to go away when I get hired full time. So, I want to take full advantage of everything now.
People say I’m over-involved and that I’m going to need to pick and choose what I want to do. What they don’t know is that I’ve already chosen. I’ve already decided that I want to have all of these different experiences because I want to be a better and more well-rounded person. The perks to my “over-involvement” are way greater than the cons! The cons are that I don’t have a lot of spare time, I have to stick to a pretty strict schedule, and there are some nights where I have priorities that com before sleep. The perks?
1. Employers love it. I can’t tell you how many interviewers I have impressed with my stacked resume. They want to see you be able to balance school with other things and they want to see leadership positions. They want someone who can get along with different groups of people and they can clearly see that in someone who is involved with many diverse activities.
2. You meet so many different people. I have one of the most diverse friend groups I know. My RA friends rarely overlap with my Theta and Greek life friends who rarely overlap with my tutoring friends who typically don’t overlap with my friends in my major… See how this works? Every group I’m a part of is a completely different set of people. I’ve met people because of my RA position that I otherwise would have never met. The same thing goes for my tutoring job. You meet people who are involved with different things and that’s really cool.
3. You fall in love with your school. You’ll begin to see all that your school has to offer and, if you’re anything like me, you’ll never wonder if you made the right decision ever again. You’ll be able to talk with passion about the things you do and realize how much you’ve accomplished and how much you’re a part of.
4. You learn time management. And you learn it in the blink of an eye. You’ll wake up one day and realize you’ve got two test, four club meetings, and your job. You have to just sink or swim.
5. You become more productive. That time management thing? It makes you more productive because you realize that you have to be productive at all hours of the day in order to get everything done on time and done well.
6. You become a better person. Being involved gives you the opportunity to learn a lot and imitate the best things you see in people. Take advantage of it while it lasts.