After you study your college’s club offerings, it’s time to make your choices. As you think about which activities to investigate, remember the following:
1. Consider your interests. You don’t want to become a member of the math club if differential equations give you the dry heaves. Likewise, “Save the Whales” is a poor choice if you really have no interest in freeing Willie. You won’t be committed to your organization if you’re not interested in what they’re trying to accomplish.
2. Carefully study the descriptions of the clubs. Don’t forget to check out the Web pages as well as the print descriptions in the student handbook.
3. Ask your resident advisor (RA) for additional information about any clubs that appeal to you.
4. Talk to club members. Ask them for details about the club’s activities. See if you like the people you talk to. Do you feel an instant bond, or think “No way I fit in here”?
5. Stop by the club for a visit. Most clubs hold an open house at least twice a year, in the fall and spring. Talk to club members and see if you admire them for what they’re trying to accomplish, whether it’s a rowdy game of rugby or an attempt to master the intricacies of contract bridge.
6. Build on interests. If you already have an interest in a specific activity and enjoyed it in high school, participate in it again. For example, if you enjoy soccer but don’t have time to play on a varsity team (or didn’t make the cut), join the intramural or club teams. That way, you can still have the fun of participating, make new friends, and keep yourself in shape.