Club participation offers future benefits

February 29, 2012

Opinion By: Chad Fewell

THERE HAVE been some questions on campus lately asking why people should join and get involved in campus clubs. Especially because Amarillo College is a two-year school, some people think clubs just take up time and money and serve no purpose.

There are several reasons to join one of the 40 or so clubs available on campus: networking, friendships, community service opportunities, leadership skill building – and they help make a person’s transcript look good.

Not only have colleges added a second page to the official transcripts, other colleges and even businesses are in search of those who have developed the particular skills gained from joining and participating in clubs.

People who join clubs gain the ability to help plan events and organize others.

Participating in a club in college looks fantastic to potential employers.

Clubs help you develop knowledge and know-how that can boost your performance in the work force. Clubs provide you with a wealth of opportunities that may not be available to you otherwise, offering unique experiences and providing a social context in which you can grow and greatly boost your resume.

A club will encourage you to form relationships with your peers. It not only will provide you with friends during college but also may lead to important business contacts in the future.

You will have the opportunity to meet and network with people who have similar interests, and clubs help promote education and awareness about the field or subject you are interested in.

The most exciting aspect of college is broadening your horizons.

Various clubs can provide you fortunes of information on a large array of subjects. Your participation in clubs will greatly increase your perspective.

Joining a club will encourage you to participate in activities you never have done before, enriching your college experience.

It’s likely that college students will make several friends in their courses and in their residence halls. By far, however, the most common way for people to bond in a university environment is through the many clubs and societies that are set up by students and supported by the college.

It is because the clubs offer specific activities based on common interests – such as religion, sports, culture or ethnicity – creating an atmosphere of social friendship and openness.

Many clubs start and end with particularly social events, allowing new students to mingle with more seasoned participants.

Many societies meet each week in an official sense, perhaps to delegate jobs or select teams, but it generally leads to plenty of opportunities for socializing and conversation.

To find out more about what clubs are available, you can speak to Heather Atchley, director of student life, in the student activities office of the College Union Building.

Although some societies ask for small contributions when you become a member, the amounts rarely are exhorbitant, and they are compensated by the wealth of benefits already described here.

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