Alice Foster’s Answer
That’s a valid concern, Kaitlyn, and the fact that you are addressing it from the get-go leads me to believe that you are going to be just fine! It’s all about time management, but don’t let the challenge discourage you from becoming involved. Extensive academic research, supported by the National Survey of Student Engagement, confirms that students who are engaged on their campuses generally have higher GPAs and report being happier with their college experience. Co-curricular experiences can also be great foundations for your professional work. My experience chairing my sorority’s recruitment and organizing one of the biggest fundraisers on my campus helped me land a job that I loved after graduating producing fundraising events in nonprofit. I would recommend that you get involved early because co-curricular activities can be a great way to meet people, but take it a step at a time. Join one or two well-selected activities that you are excited about right away when you arrive on campus, but stick to just those for a little while until you are settled in and know what else you may be able to add in and still have ample time for your coursework.
Alice Foster recommends the following next steps:
- Most colleges have an activities fair at the beginning of the semester. Go! It provides a great overview of what is available and gives you a chance to talk to other students already in those activities to get a feel for what the group is about.
- Check out your school’s Student Success Center or speak with your advisor about available time management workshops or webinars.