When you first come to college, oftentimes you’re not totally sure what to expect.
Some people expect to put their nose to the grindstone and throw themselves into their studies. Others expect to hit all the parties and make friends with everyone on campus. Some might even expect to just work like a dog to save enough to pay off the loans we get stuck with.
Most of us just come to college hoping to make the best of it and get out alive.
The good news is, college isn’t always as crazy as the movies make them seem. While you might get stuck writing the occasional 10 page paper, and a massive thesis is definitely no laughing matter, we still get the occasional chance to live life to the fullest before we get chained to our desks in the 9-to-5 world.
Thankfully, Bridgewater State University (BSU) offers some experiences students really should take the plunge and do at least once while they’re still here.
The first being to study abroad. Even just going on a study tour for a couple weeks for class credit, whether over the summer or over winter break, could give you the experience of a lifetime.
Think about it – you get exposed to new cultures, possibly new languages, a whole new region and an entirely different way of life than the same old same old here at BSU. Yes, it does cost money, but thankfully many generous people offer up scholarships or loans to help you get this experience that you may never get to have again.
The second would be to go on a service trip through the Community Service Center. Our own Editor-In-Chief Greg Dudek recently published an article on his experiences with these trips, so if you’re unsure about how this could benefit you, I recommend you visit our website and read it under the Opinion section.
Going on a service trip could be the chance of a lifetime. You’re selflessly spending your time helping other people, those who could use any shred of kindness and hope.
Not only that, but you can see what happens when disaster strikes. It’s sad, but you can learn an incredible amount from those who are in need.
The third, and perhaps the easiest of all, is to get involved in a club or activity on campus. From Greek life to geek life, there is a huge range of clubs and organizations to get yourself involved in.
Like computers? Check out TechDev, the computer science club. Maybe you enjoy world politics and some friendly debate? You should look into the Model UN here on campus. Want to have a hand in planning huge events like Springfest? You would fit in well at Program Committee meetings.
According to the Involvement Network run by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (OSIL), we have 166 clubs and organizations here on campus. If you weren’t sure that you’d find one you’re interested in, think again.
There’s just about every organization under the sun, and each one of them offers some type of fun and could help your college experience become more than just papers, books, and all-night parties.
Kayla Lemay is the General Assignments Editor at The Comment. Follow her on Twitter @klemay123 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.