2. Get Involved.
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As I approached my university’s packed gymnasium, my eyes bulged in excited wonder. Neon-colored posters lit up the room, each promoting a different campus-wide activity seeking new members. “Baptist Collegiate Ministries”, “Mortar Board”, “Quiz Bowl Team” ... which should I choose? In my overachieving and inexperienced 18-year-old mind, the answer was: “All of them, of course!”
Within the week, I found my email inbox bombarded with messages from the various clubs I’d recently claimed myself a member. I want to be involved, but how can I handle all these commitments and my schoolwork? The truth is, I couldn’t. I had bitten off more than I could chew, a well-intentioned mistake made my many new college freshmen.
Most universities offer oodles of clubs to join and activities that welcome student participation. Keep in mind that while it’s great to be involved, it’s best to keep it to a number that’s realistic. Trying to do too much can lead to additional stress, and it can really cut into your free time. Finding a healthy balance between academics and extracurricular activities will allow you time for both work and play.
If your college has a limited selection of clubs and activities, why not start one yourself? To do this, you’ll need to get approval from your university. This process varies from college to college, so you’ll have to find the correct person or office that will help you get started.
“Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives” (Titus 3:14).
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