Going to a new place can be hard. Sometimes it can be easier if you go to a college closer to home where there are people you know from high school to make the transition easier. But not all of us go to school close to home. Admittedly, SHC was actually close to home, but since it was a private school there was only one other person from my high school I knew of there, and I hardly ever saw her since she was already a junior when I started.
Luckily, since I’m a military brat, I had a little experience with moving to a new place and having to make new friends. But it had been several years since I had moved and had to experience that so it was still hard. It was especially hard since my first roommate and I didn’t click, although I eventually got to know the people on my hall pretty well by the end of the year. The first month or so I felt like no one at Spring Hill was like me and I had a hard time adjusting and making real friends. I had some people to talk to on my hall and in my honor’s classes, but I didn’t seem to find people with similar interests. That is, until I started getting involved in extracurricular activities.
I found out about The Motley literary magazine since I had been on the lit mag staff in high school. I joined a group called S.H.O.R.E.S. which is an oceanography and marine science club and the Sierra club due to my interests with ocean life and the environment. I joined the history club since I had been president of the history club in high school and joined the college democrats as well. As I started to get involved in these groups, I slowly started to find the people at SHC that had interests similar to mine and began to make friends. Several of my friends I made at SHC have remained close even after I left and those friendships mean a lot to me. In fact, I sometimes have more in common with them than some of the people I knew in high school. When my grandparents told me after graduation that sometimes you make your lifelong friends in college, I didn’t understand what they meant. While there are several high school friends of mine that are still close, many have drifted away and I’m now closer to some of my college friends. Therefore, joining clubs and organizations are a good way to make friends and find people who are interested in the same causes you are.
Another great thing about college organizations is they can lead to contacts for job offers later and look great on a resume. Sometimes the people you become acquaintances with in a club can help you get a job later in life, or the service project you were involved with can get you in contact with someone that can refer you for a job. Or when you’re applying for a job, your future employer could have been involved in the same organization and it can give you an edge over the competition. Furthermore, when you are involved with a lot of organizations, it can beef up your resume which can also give you an edge.
Therefore, when you start college or if you’re already at college, it’s always a great way to find a few things to get involved with outside of class. It can make your college experience feel more fulfilling and worthwhile like it did for me. Plus, if your club is active, it can give you activities and trips to go on to get away from campus every once in awhile. For example, in S.H.O.R.E.S. I went on several trips that really relaxed me when I was feeling stressed. We went to the beach, dolphin watching, and swimming with manatees and I will always cherish the fun I had on those trips.