Emily A.’s Answer
I agree with Lindsay when she suggested to get involved with clubs and organizations that you're interested in. Maybe even try out some clubs and organizations that are more "wild-cards". You might be able to show up to a meeting just once to see if you feel like you fit. You can simply leave if you don't fit in without any obligation. Who knows? Maybe you'll discover a hidden passion and make lasting friendships.
That being said, leadership looks good on resumes. Take your first year to explore different clubs. Try all kinds of clubs, really put yourself out there. Use your second year to commit to one or two- one club for fun, and one club that is related to your major. Then for your junior and senior years, run for a leadership position within the club- be it treasurer, VP, President. When you have that leadership position, make sure you provide your unique creative vision. A common interview question is "When was a time you created an initiative on your own?". You can use your college clubs to try to get some of your ideas off the ground- no matter how small.
I also think Anzar's advice about getting to know your professors is SUPER important. You will find that social networks and connections can get you a job faster than anything else. Your professors are a crucial link to get you some important initial contacts in your field. Plus, your professors will likely be the ones writing you letters of recommendation when you need them. Go to their office hours and ask them questions- professors love this and it allows them to get to know you and know that you are taking their course seriously- trust me, I'm a professor.
Hope that helps! Above all, remember that you don't need to have it all figured out yet. Take some pressure off of yourself and have some fun while you figure out who you are. A lot of it will come to you, not the other way around.
Emily A. recommends the following next steps:
- Year one- Try as many clubs and organization as you can.
- Year two- Seriously commit to one or two- one for fun and one related to your major.
- Years three and four- run for leadership positions in those clubs.
- Start an initiative in the club.