No Day but Today: Get Involved in Extracurricular Activities
Jan24

No Day but Today: Get Involved in Extracurricular Activities

“What else is there to do here?” This is often a question on the minds of college-bound students when they visit a college campus. Our advice — Don’t hesitate to ask about extracurricular activities. Ask questions during the information session and also ask the students you meet on campus if they’re involved in any student clubs or organizations. For Adam Britten, a senior at Syracuse University, and recent co-host of SmartCollegeVisit’s CampusChat, being involved in extracurricular activities has been an asset to his college career in more ways than one. He shares his advice on getting involved in the guest post below. No Day but Today… Adam Britten With so many opportunities for involvement, many college students have no clue where to start.  The benefits of extracurricular activities are very apparent: you can make lots of new friends, expand your learning outside of the classroom and advance your career potential and hirability.  (Well, Ultimate Frisbee might not get you a job…but you never know!)  The most important thing to know is that you should be getting involved with SOMETHING while you are in college. The best time to get involved is at the beginning of each semester. Very freqeuntly, schools will have “student involvement fairs” where you can get information about different clubs. Even if there isn’t an official event, most clubs actively look for new members and hold interest meetings at the beginning of the year or semester. As for myself, I got involved from day one of college. It wasn’t a stretch for me, as I was involved in a few activities in high school.  The first clubs I joined paralleled my high school clubs. I joined student government and I signed my name up on a list of people interested in student theatre. (Even if you are remotely intersted in an activity, sign up for their emails – you’ll get all the information you need and be able to ask any qusetions you have.) Start Early I am so thankful that I started my involvement early. Throughout school, I have grown very close to some people that I met within the first few months of school while I was participating in these activities.  As the years went on, I joined a few new clubs (and realized that some of the ones I joined weren’t my style.)  I’m still involved in that same theatre group, and all because I gave them my email address. I couldn’t imagine being at school without the friends I have made in First Year Players. This goes along with the saying “birds of a feather flock together.” If you join a club that...

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CampusChat Tonight with College Senior: Adam Britten
Jan19

CampusChat Tonight with College Senior: Adam Britten

Students in high school are encouraged to become involved in extracurricular activities, but what about when they get to college? How important is it to take part in clubs or organizations then? For Syracuse senior, Adam Britten, it was not only a carry-over from his high school days, but a priority for getting the most from his college education.  Adam's short list of extracurriculars includes: Assistant Director of Pubic Relations, First Year Players Member of the Syracuse University Social Media Team Brother, Delta Sigma Pi Admissions Ambassador and Campus Tour Guide, Office of Admissions Director of Finance, Residence Hall Association Peer Facilitator, Whitman School of Management Secretary, Community Council Tonight on CampusChat, Adam will share his insights about the how and why students should explore the plethora of opportunities to learn and grow beyond the classroom. From volunteering as a teacher in South Africa to keeping up with his major — make that majors – Adam is triple-majoring in Marketing Management, Finance, and Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises with a minor in Political Science, this Syracuse University student has certainly figured out how to get the most he possibly can from his college education.  You're invited to follow Adam on Twitter @AdamBritten and join us on Wednesday for#CampusChat. For more information about how to participate in a Twitter chat, see our post on Twitter...

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