Three reasons to get involved

Photo: Amod Mahadik

Students showcase campus organizations at the Winter Involvement Fair. Photo: Amod Mahadik

“Get involved” is something you’ve probably heard at least once in college, and you wonder, is it actually worth it?

Coming from a student who is involved in the UIC Student Activities Board and CHAARG, I strongly believe the key in life is to keep yourself busy with the things you love. Although my schedule may be hectic at times, being involved has been the best choice that I have made at UIC.
Here are three reasons why you should get involved:

  1. You make friends. College is a different experience for everyone, but it seems like we all have a harder time finding those lifelong friends. Joining a club where everyone has the same interests as you means you’ve found someone who likes the same things you do. Being part of SAB, I’ve met some really cool people who I now consider some of my best friends here at UIC.
  2. You find your passion. It doesn’t matter if you are part of a million clubs on campus, if you attend something and you’re feeling “meh” about it, think to yourself,  “Is this really something for me?” When you attend a club you are passionate about, you can devote your time to it because you are doing something you absolutely love.
  3. You have time. A fear that most students have is not being able to fit everything into their busy schedule by adding another thing. The truth is, you have all the time in the world. If you want to do something, you will make time for it. The friends you make and the connections you establish will benefit you more in the long run than watching Netflix.

So get out there, join an organization and make a difference. You never know what you can achieve until you actually go out and do it.

Brigita KanclerisBrigita Kancleris is a sophomore majoring in English. When she isn’t busy being part of SAB and CHAARG on campus, she will usually be writing down ideas for her next piece. She wants to be a travel editor so she can share her experiences and turn them into works for everyone to read. She enjoys skiing, traveling and all things winter. Did we mention how much she loves tea (like obsessed)? Watch out UIC, this Lithuanian will stop at nothing to reach her dreams!


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