The University of Miami has over 300 student organizations and clubs on offer. If you have a niche, you’ll probably be able to find an organization dedicated to your interest. If by chance your passion is not represented on campus, there’s always an option to start your own club. No matter what, it is highly advised that you get involved and you get involved early. Here are 5 reasons why.
1. Getting Involved Will Help You Expand Your Network
University is perhaps one of the best places to establish a network due to the volume of individuals that you’ll have a chance to interact with. That said, after the first few weeks, many find their own friend groups and as a result don’t really interact with people outside of class or their cliques. Therefore, getting involved in a club or organization is a great way to diversify your network and maximize your college experience.
2. You’ll Have Something To Look Forward To Outside of Class
Of course, some people truly enjoy their major and wake up everyday invigorated by the idea of class. However, there’s more to university than lectures, discussion sections and labs. By utilizing the plethora of opportunities available on campus you’ll definitely enrich your college experience. Joining a club or organization will add another element to your schedule and give you that little extra motivation to push you through the rest of the week.
3. It Will Help With Time Management
While this may seem counter-intuitive, it is a totally valid statement. Often times we come across “super students” who seem to do just about everything on campus and yet maintain a great GPA. Their secret is time management and being heavily involved plays a large part in that. Because they are so busy, they know that whatever remaining time they have to study is precious. Being conscious of this helps them to maximize their efficiency when studying. As a result, their time management skills improve so that they can both maintain a great GPA and keep doing the things that they love. If they can do it, you can do it too.
4. It Will Help Your Resume
This is a by-product of doing the things you love and joining the clubs you’re passionate about. It should not be the reason why you join clubs. That said, at the end of the day taking up leadership positions and demonstrating commitment to an organization on/off campus will add another element to your resume. It’ll make you less one-dimensional and help future employers/grad schools help understand you more as a person and not just as a workhorse.
5. There Are a Ton of Great Organizations at The U
Just to highlight a few of the fantastic organizations at the University of Miami
a. Engineers Without Borders – An org dedicated to help develop infrastructure for select underprivileged communities in South America.
b. AMSA – Short for American Medical Students Association, this organization is dedicated to providing undergrads with the opportunities and experiences that will help shape their medical careers
c. The Multiple Sports Clubs – From Soccer to Frisbee to Quidditch, there are 52 sports clubs you can join to stay active, healthy and competitive.
d. Butler Center for Service and Leadership – This is a department on campus that will fulfill all your service and leadership needs. Many of the programs run by this center are the most rewarding on campus.
After all’s said and done, the physics lecture you had freshman year or the English class you took sophomore year won’t be the most memorable experiences when you look back on your undergraduate years. Your best memories will be created doing the things you love with people you enjoy spending time with. Joining a club is a great way to do just that.