Students everywhere come back to school looking for ways to make the upcoming year count and worthwhile. Whether they’re in middle school, high school or college we tend to look for clubs, organizations, or different sports teams to join so we won’t have a basic lifestyle of just going to class, and doing homework.

I think that getting involved on campus will not only help freshmen transition to the college life but also keep those that have been in school for a good minute busy, occupied and entertained. You won’t feel alone, instead you will feel like you belong and fit in on campus.

One of the biggest fears I had when I was a freshman was that I would not be able to meet people and join clubs/organizations that were best for me. After joining the East Carolinian and what is known now as Pirate Media 1, I knew I found my place.

Freshmen when they first get to campus look to find their place, make new friends and get used to being away from home. Getting involved on campus has proven to be helpful in new students’ transition to college life.

One of the first things that come to mind when people think of involvement at college is the fraternities and sororities. They help build connections with others not just on campus but in the community around you. Students pledge to a fraternity or sorority that fits their interests, but pledging is not for everybody.

Students have come together and created clubs that fulfill any interests in recent years because they saw an opportunity to make an impact on campus by finding a way to appeal to a certain group of students that don’t like to get out as much. Video game clubs, Pokémon clubs, singing clubs like Drastic Measures stick out to different crowds.

If you aren’t looking to join a club or org, you can perhaps play an intramural sport to meet new people, make new friends and just have fun. You can play in an all male league, all female league or co-ed league. You get to compete for a championship title by your name and you get major bragging rights if you win it all. You can play any sport in the book even dodgeball or billiards.

Different organizations and companies offer internship opportunities for those who want to get a jumpstart on their career pursuit outside of the classroom. Internships have produced jobs for you. They give people hands on experience in what they want to hopefully acquire job wise in the future.

There are many different ways to get involved on campus. Here at East Carolina University there are lots of different clubs, organizations, fraternities/sororities, and sports to engage the whole student body. So ECU basically gives everyone no excuse not to get involved on campus.

If you all take advantage of the opportunities put in front of you on a silver platter, this really can and will be the best four years of your life.

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