Beginner’s Guide to Getting Involved

My last Beginner’s Guide post (catch it here) generated quite a lot of interest, so I decided I’d do another one, this time as a lifestyle post.

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I’ve never really been the kind of person that finds meeting new people or trying new things easy. They were both a little bit of a struggle for me throughout middle and high school, and I decided that this had to change in college. I hope that my tips and suggestions will be applicable outside of school as well, in the workplace or in daily life. Keep reading for my advice on learning to participate more fully!

1. Be open to trying something new 

I came to college and immediately found myself rapidly falling back into my high school rut. I joined several engineering organizations that were pertinent to my major, and started shopping around for academic honor societies before realizing that I was doing exactly what I had wanted to avoid. So at the next student organization fair, I ran across a service and philanthropy organization called Chi Kappa Phi, and applied. I was fortunate enough to be accepted, and am so excited to be working with so many uniquely different young women for the next four years.

But this advice doesn’t just apply to students. Exploring job opportunities that may be outside of what you’re used to can often lead to wonderful learning experiences.

2. Talk to new people

Here’s where we reach my personal stumbling block as someone who’s relatively introverted. Small talk and conversation with strangers make me really uncomfortable, and lot of my experiences with new people have simply devolved into awkward silences. But meeting and speaking with people you don’t know can not only result in you gaining new friends, but it’s a way for you to widen your network of connections. New friends are frequently how I hear about interesting events or opportunities and they definitely come in handy when I can’t solve a homework problem.

In the workplace or the real world, this can be as simple as introducing yourself to the person sitting next to you on the bus, or saying hi to that co-worker you always run into in the break room.

3. Don’t lose yourself in the blur

Admittedly, this whole post is about getting involved. Still, I think it’s a common mistake for people to get over zealous and bury themselves under a mound of organizations or activities. There were definitely other organizations that I wanted to get involved in this year (like intramural sports and cultural organizations) but with the academic load from my major as well as my blog, I knew that I had to narrow down my choices to the organizations that were really important to me.

College may be about having new experiences, but it’s also about academics. Similarly, there might be tons of events or activities available in the workplace, but your job should still come first.

I hope that you’ve found this post helpful, and please like if you want to see more Beginner’s Guides in the future! Have an idea for what my next Beginner’s Guide should be? Tell me in the comments down below!

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