Although the main purpose of going to college is to obtain an education, there’s so much more to it. Between studying and partying, students have many opportunities to participate in on-campus extracurricular activities that can shape their college experience into something unique. Here are just a few ideas for how you can make the most of your four years in school — how are you getting involved?
Get a Part-Time Job
Let’s start with the best one: a part-time job. Unlike other activities on this list, a part-time job gives you an opportunity to get involved AND get paid. It can also provide relevant resume-building experience that will help you get a full-time job in the future.
So, how do you know which part-time job to choose? You can work as a barista, be a tour guide or try peer tutoring, but there’s one type of job that should be on your list regardless — B2B (business-to-business). The reason we mention B2B specifically is because it often not only pays more than a typical on-campus job, but also teaches useful professional skills, like negotiation and active listening.
There are many B2B jobs on the market, but it’s rare to find one specifically designed for college students. This is why the Be Your Own Boss college program was created. Competitive pay, flexible schedule and easily accessible training are just some of the things that make it stand out. Check out this College Sales Executive position to learn how you can excel in a B2B role.
Join or Create a Club
If money or work experience isn’t high on your list of priorities right now, then a student club is a great option. The best part is that you rarely need anything more than a mere interest to qualify for membership — outdoors club, Tae Kwan Do Club, Robotics Club, you name it. And if your campus doesn’t have one that you’re interested in, you can start your own and even get funding from the school to help run it. That would be a great way to showcase your leadership skills to future employers.
Play an Intramural Sport
You don’t have to be a varsity athlete to play a sport in college. From soccer and flag football to tennis and racquetball, most campuses feature sports activities that don’t put pressure on participants to perform well. You don’t need to get up for 6 a.m. practices, worry about maintaining your athletic scholarship or miss important lectures because of road games.
Of course, intramural sports are usually nothing more than a fun way to socialize with friends and meet new people. You could list them on your resume under “extracurricular activities,” but don’t expect it to carry the same weight as a part-time job, for example. Nevertheless, it’s a great way to keep in shape and stay involved.
Participate in Greek Life
If we had to pick one stereotype that U.S. colleges and universities have around the world, it would be Greek Life. It seems like every college-themed movie features fraternities and sororities, but the way they’re portrayed often doesn’t reflect the reality.
If you choose to participate in Greek recruitment on your campus (even if you don’t plan on joining a fraternity or sorority), you’ll learn that every organization is different in terms of history, values and traditions. One thing they all share, however, is the opportunity for their members to get involved.
Whether you opt for internal leadership positions or participate in philanthropic activities and campus events with your fellow members, you’re almost guaranteed to find something meaningful to do with your time.
Start to Volunteer
Speaking of philanthropy, you don’t have to be part of any club or organization to give back to your community. The fact that you donate your free time to the greater good can be very rewarding both in terms of personal growth and professional skill development.
However, don’t pick a volunteer or community service activity just for the sake of putting it on your resume. Instead, go with something that you’re passionate about and make it your cause. Volunteering is still work, albeit unpaid work, and your devotion to it can be a great indicator of your dedication to your future job.
With so many available opportunities to get involved with in college, there’s simply no excuse to not at least try. The earlier you start, the more you’ll get out of it. And the best time to start is now!