More to college than classes, naps, parties

Whitney Cale
Staff Writer

Classes, naps and parties — that pretty much sums up the college life, right?

To some, that may very well be the case. To others, it’s about much more than that.

One of the most important aspects to a successful and fulfilling college experience is time management. While classes, naps and parties may sound like the perfect schedule, I can assure you that you will have much more free time on your hands than you may think, and what you do with that free time will make or break your college experience.

One option: student organizations.

Getting involved on campus in some way is a great way to manage time, connect with peers and discover hidden passions and strengths.

“Getting involved throughout college is a vital key to success,” said Cameron Lewis, a freshman biomedical sciences major from Bay Minette. “By joining clubs and participating in various organizations, you are able to gain more networking opportunities that could be used to your advantage in the future.”

Cameron adds that getting involved is also a great way to build your résumé.

With that being said, it is important not to overload yourself. Remember, it’s all about time management.

There is a plethora of options if you are considering getting involved on campus. There are literally clubs, organizations, societies, etc. for just about everything. I promise there is something for everyone!

One of the more popular choices is to go Greek.

“Coming into college, I wanted a place where I could grow as a man and gain a true sense of brotherhood from other men,” Cameron said. “Being in a fraternity gave me these things and much more.”

While joining a fraternity or sorority is not for everyone, there are many other alternatives.

For me, joining the Tropolitan staff was one of the best decisions I could have made entering college. Writing for the Trop has provided many benefits. It has been an excellent way to efficiently manage my time, meet new people and develop one of my passions and strengths.

If you are interested in joining a student organization, there are various possibilities. Sporting clubs, Greek organizations, religious organizations, intramurals, honor societies, service organizations and cultural clubs are just a few examples of the endless opportunities.
The key is to branch out and give it a try. Sure, there is a possibility that it’s not everything you thought it would be. On the other hand, there is a possibility that it will have a positive impact that will last a lifetime. You will never know until you try.

What have you got to lose?

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