This is a guest post written by Karim Khamisa.
As a recent graduate, I spend a notable amount of time reminiscing on the best years of my life. Throughout my time in university I was involved in a variety of extracurricular activities from clubs on campus, to a fraternity, to serving on elected student association executives. Over the years a number of students have asked me for advice to get through university, and I always answer with the same answer – get involved!
Here are MY top reasons for why you should get involved in university:
You must look out for ‘Numero Uno’. If you don’t, no one else will. In this day and age you can no longer accomplish things without having a network. This includes getting a job after graduation. The people you are in school with are the people that will get you your future jobs…or introduce you to the people who will.
2. The busier you are, the less you procrastinate
This one sounds like it is contradictory, but it is true. You will procrastinate because you can. If you don’t give yourself time to procrastinate by filling all your spare time with extracurricular involvement, you will have no choice but to be productive in your free time. It’s a life lesson.
3. Builds your resume
Getting a job after graduation has become increasingly difficult over the years. It is no longer possible to get hired by simply saying yourself, or having someone vouch for you, that you are a great well-rounded individual. You need to prove it. Getting involved allows you to add beef to your resume in a way that proves you can work with others and put your skills into practical use.
4. Redefines who you are
University is a once in a lifetime opportunity to start off with a clean slate. It is an opportunity to redefine who you are and how others see you. Even more importantly, it is an opportunity to find yourself and who you are. Discovering who you are is a lifetime process that truly starts in university. Forget who you were, and begin to redefine yourself as who you want to be.
5. Builds confidence
This, in my opinion, is the most important reason. However, it is a result of the first four reasons. Getting involved, meeting people, and conquering challenges builds confidence and self-esteem. When you are confident, you are successful. When you are confident, you will invest in yourself. And frankly, if you don’t invest in yourself, no one else is going to invest in you.
As you begin a new semester and a new year, make involvement a priority.
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