You go to school to learn. But did you know you can learn just as much at school outside of the classroom as you do sitting in a lecture? It may sound cliché, but getting involved on campus is the best way to make the most of your university experience. You will learn important life lessons, teamwork strategies, and effective organization and communication techniques.
My first year of university, I got involved with the Biology Society, a group of students who host events for biology students and faculty. This was probably the best decision I made all year. As a member of the Biology Society, I interacted with upper year students, faculty, and members of the Nipissing community on a regular basis and this generated a real sense of belonging. As the current president of the Biology Society, I can say with certainty that getting involved in my first year opened up a lot of doors in both my academics and in my life outside of university.
There is an abundance of ways to get involved on campus. If you’re interested in athletics, consider participating in intramural sports, going to a fitness class, or showing your Lakers pride by attending varsity sports games. If you’re interested in surrounding yourself with like-minded people who are passionate about certain subjects or social issues, look into degree clubs, such as the Psychology Society or the Geography Club, or volunteer your time with different support groups, like Jack.Org. If you love the arts, you can join the Dance Club or Students on Stage. If research is your thing, think about volunteering in one of the many laboratories at Nipissing or participating in a study.
If none of these options appeal to you, don’t fret; you can start your own club through the Nipissing University Student Union! NUSU will even give your club funding if there is enough interest. There really isn’t any reason to not get involved, so get out there, try something new or pick up something old, and have fun!