College can be a tricky place to find where you fit in, especially if you are coming from a rural area, and you didn’t have to try very hard to find people like you. One way I helped combat this was by getting involved, not only in extracurricular activities but in my major’s department as well. During my short time at K-State, I have been the Vice President of the Food Science Club, the Second Vice President of Sigma Alpha, the manager of the lab I work in, a dual major, and a volunteer at the catholic student center here on campus. These activities have proven to be very beneficial not only socially, but professionally as well. I’m going to share 5 reasons why I believe everyone should be involved in some sort of activity during their college career.
Like I said before, college can be a tricky place to find your people, but by pursuing groups and clubs that are based off things that interest you, chances are, you will find people who you will get along with.
Time Management Skills
Time management is a huge personal skill to have. Employers don’t want someone who can only focus on one project at a time, especially if you are in a leadership position.
Different activities will have different opportunities for travel, fellowship, and volunteerism. I have always wanted to go to Paris, France, and I always thought it was a pipe dream, but with my work in the Kansas Value Added Foods Lab, I was able to make that dream a reality.
Almost every group on campus has leadership opportunities available. These positions will not only look good on your resume, but it is a good way to get out of your comfort zone and try new things.
The friends you meet in college, will one day become your colleagues and connections in the industry. By fostering these relationships now, you are setting yourself up for success in the future.