When I was in high school, I wasn't involved at all. It was a "get up, go to school, go home, and repeat" routine for four years. The last thing l was involved in was my middle school band as a percussionist. When I graduated high school, I told myself that I was going to do something at MC. Over the four years that I've been a student at MC, I’ve been involved in many different groups, organizations, teams, and committees on campus.
While being involved everywhere on campus, I had to keep in mind what I could handle as a student balancing academics, social activities, rest, personal time with God and family. MC has nearly 100 student organizations and groups on campus to join. It’s important to know what you can handle at a time to avoid burnout or reluctantly quitting mid-semester.
While that can seem overwhelming, I'd advise starting off with one or two things whether that's going through recruitment, attending a student organization meeting, or joining a club within your major. Eventually, you'll find something you enjoy and/or become very passionate about that you'll stick to for another year or until you graduate. The good news is that MC always has enough going on to spark your interest so that it’s easier for you to find your thing.
At the beginning of the year, MC hosts an involvement fair where groups and organizations showcase themselves to prospective members. It’s a great way to put faces to organizations before becoming a member. I’d encourage you to attend the fair and talk to representatives of those organizations to learn more about them. Additionally, the Office of Student Engagement has a list of student organizations on their website if you find yourself wanting to browse on your own time.
Keep in mind that involvement goes beyond joining an organization. You have a chance to build your network, discover new skills and ideas, and create lifelong memories you’ll have after you graduate. It all starts with you deciding to attend a meeting or ask about a group you’re interested in. I’d encourage you to take advantage of the time you have here at MC and try something new!