Being at VIU is more than just going to class, eating, sleeping, repeating.
It seems, however, as though some of us are scared to leave our comfort zone and take the leap into something that would actually benefit us. The “something” that we are referring to in this instance is getting involved on campus.
Getting involved is the best thing you can do for yourself and for your future.
University is not about leaving your dorm room to go to classes and then leaving classes to go to your dorm room where you stay all day; it’s about having experiences and meeting like-minded people you can grow with.
The best way to meet those people is through joining organizations that interest you or force you to step a little outside of that comfort zone. VIU has so many different clubs on campus that it seems impossible to not find one you like. Finding and participating in a club that makes you feel like you belong –and are not alone in this awesome endeavor – is a feeling can truly enrich your university experience.
There is no excuse for students to not want to get involved; no excuse for this apparent student apathy. Because whether you want to recognize it or not, after your time at VIU possible employers are going to look just as hard, if not harder, at what you were involved with as opposed to what your grade point average was.
Being involved can help you network for that future career, which is also an important part of life outside of university. Getting involved can help with the bouts of homesickness you are almost guaranteed to endure. It can help you learn the ins-and-outs of campus, and it can introduce you to faculty you may have as a professors later in your educational career.
Be proud of what you are interested in, and passionate enough to want to discuss those interests with others who share that passion. Whether you love Harry Potter, intramural athletics, or student government, reach out and take that first step to be involved, and stay involved. We promise you will not regret it.
Sports and Lifestyle Editor Justin's passions include sports, journalism, rap, and collecting far too many retro Air Jordan sneakers. He currently is studying creative writing and looks to offer his unique take on all things Mariners.View all articles