College may seem a bit scary as it forces you to adjust to a new place (which is basically your home for the next four years), make new relationships with new people and once again find where you fit in. You are no longer a big senior, at the top of the pyramid. Once again, you are a freshman at the bottom of the food chain, which is a place many people do not like to be.
College is very different, however, in that aspect. Other than the amount of credits you have and where you live, the status of your grade level does not mean all that much. Unlike high school, seniors do not pick on the “little freshmen” or put them in lockers. In college, everyone (for the most part) gets along. Everyone has friends from each grade level, and the campus, especially Mount Union’s, is basically one big family. Take me for example… I am a sophomore, yet I have many friends in each grade level whom I frequently spend time with.
But coming to a new campus and making friends all over again may seem nerve-racking and scary…I know it did for me.
The answer to this situation is simply the most important thing to do when going to college (especially as a freshmen) – get involved! Getting involved is the best thing to do when starting out at a new school as it proves to be very beneficial to you. Getting involved allows you to quickly meet many different types of people and make friends. It presents you with the opportunity to better learn the campus and community and also allows you to better connect with faculty and staff members. Getting involved keeps you busy and helps to erase boredom. Additionally, joining different organizations and clubs can open many doors for you in the future.
Mount Union has many different organizations and clubs that you can get involved in on campus. This ranges from joining a sorority or fraternity to participating in intramurals to joining academic clubs or service organizations. I can guarantee you that there is at least one organization or club that exists on campus, but most likely more, that will draw your interest and you will find you fit into. (Trust me, I have found many that I enjoy and fit into!) If there isn’t, believe it or not, you can start your own club! Check out the list of the different organizations and clubs that currently exist at Mount Union. See what you like and what you may be interested in joining. Leave me a comment with any questions regarding the different organizations or clubs that spark your interest.
Just remember, it doesn’t matter what you do as long as you GET INVOLVED!