For first year students especially, it can be difficult to stay involved on campus. Commuters with jobs and busy schedules can find it especially difficult to get connected with activities on campus. Those living on campus may get lost in the numerous posters and emails listing various ways to get involved. Your first step is to think about the level of campus involvement you’re looking for. Here are some things to consider: How many other commitments are you currently balancing? How do you feel when you’re consistently busy? Accomplished and satisfied? Frantic and stressed? This will indicate how much more involved you’ll want to be. If being occupied all of the time makes you feel accomplished, two or three activities a week might be right for you, but if being busy stresses you out, you might consider sticking with one activity a week. Don’t feel pressured to do everything at once! So, how do you choose? Why not start by looking at Salem State University’s student organizations page, right here http://www.salemstate.edu/student_life/427.php
Next, take a look at the meeting times for the groups you’re interested in. This should narrow your selection down a little bit more. A great way to decide which of the remaining groups you want to join is by attending one of their meetings. From there you’ll be able to figure out which ones interest you most. If you’re interested in event planning, why not try Program Council? If you’re interested in journalism you could write for the Salem State Log. There’s something for almost everyone, from academic groups to performing arts. If you don’t see anything you like, you can always start one of your own. Getting involved on campus will make it feel more like home!