Getting Involved

By: Holly Heacock
I know you might not be worried about this right now as you’re picking your school, but I’m going to talk a little bit about getting involved once you are on campus. This applies to any school you decide to go to, but my journey has been here at UW-Madison.

As a freshman, I did not want to get too involved on campus. I was the girl in high school who was involved in as many things as I could get my hands on and by the time I got to campus, I was burned out. I decided to focus more on my studies and work at making new friends in the dorms and in my classes. This was great for awhile, but I felt really lost. I felt like I was on this big campus and didn’t know anybody I could turn to.

I decided to join a couple of organizations to meet some new people. I joined a Bible Study, got involved with the housing student council, and went to some meetings for a club in my major (Undergraduate Genetics Association). I found that by joining these things, I was able to find people who had the same interests that I had and could hang out with them not just during meeting times, but also outside of those times.

Throughout my 2 and a half years on campus so far, I have gradually gotten more and more involved. Sometimes I’ll find a club or activity that isn’t for me and I decide not to stick around for very long. Other times, I’ve found that it really calls to my heart and is something that I truly enjoy and believe in. My advice to you is to start your search for those clubs and organizations that make you tick as soon as you get on campus. There will be so many opportunities to learn about these clubs and many will have meetings within the first month offering free food, so why not go!?

Also, once you find something you do love, don’t just go to the monthly meeting and forget about it. Get involved in it and become great friends with the others who are a part of it. You’ll thank yourself later when you need to write out your resume, you need a talking point in an interview, or even just looking to make conversation with people before class. Plus you’ll be able to make friends who are into the same types of things that you are which will make what may seem like such a big campus into quite the small one.

Good luck with your college search, and I hope that you will have a great college experience filled with fun, friends, and excitement. I may be biased, but I believe UW-Madison is just the place to find these. And with that- ON WISCONSIN!