Jumping into the college experience can be a crazy, exciting, and overwhelming time! Get ready for the next big step in life and embrace extracurricular activities to get the most out of your college experience.
When you first arrive to your new college campus at Florida State University, you’ll notice that your peers have a wide range of styles and diverse interests. Getting involved can seem difficult at first, but we’re here to tell you how to find the perfect extracurricular activities and meet students with interests just like yours.
Look toward the many extracurricular clubs and activities available at FSU. There are intramural sports for athletes of every skill level; stand-up comedy clubs for jokesters; and political, environmental, and volunteer clubs for young activists. There’s even an organization for circus performers called the Flying High Circus. If you’re nervous or shy about trying something new, remember that these clubs are excited for new members, and they’re guaranteed to be happy you showed up. Get ready to make friends, make memories, and most importantly, have fun!
Join a Club
Students can find a list of FSU clubs and extracurricular organizations in the online, student portal, Nole Central. There are over 650 student organizations in these 20 categories:
- Community Service
- Departmental Affiliate
- SGA Affiliate
- Special Interests
- Sport Club
- Student Academic Program
Once you realize how many clubs and organizations there are to choose from at FSU, the only problem you’ll have is deciding which one to join! Narrow down your options by thinking of what you want from your experience. Maybe you want to build your resume, so join an academic club related to your major. If your main goal is to make friends, consider joining a sorority, fraternity, or cultural organization. Or maybe you want to explore a new interest like singing, painting, or sailing — there are clubs for all these things and many other special interests.
Benefits of Extracurricular Activities
Participating in extracurricular activities positively impacts students in many ways. Here are just a few of the great benefits:
- Build friendships — Extracurricular activities help you connect with other students who like the same things you do. With a student body of 41,867 (as of the 2016-2017 school year), you’re bound to make a friend if you put yourself out there.
- Access to networking — The friends you make in college could be vital to your career success after college. A friend you make in Yoga Club may have interned at a company you hope to work for and could provide you with valuable inside information.
- Better grades — Studies, such as this one, have shown that involvement in extracurricular activities can lead to higher grades. Keeping a schedule full with activities can also help a student build time-management skills.
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Resources to Help You Find the Right Club at FSU
FSU’s Student Activities Center is a great place to find resources for getting involved. You can stop by their office in the Oglesby Union, or check them out online. Some of their most useful resources include:
- myInvolvement Survey — This survey will help you find an organization that fits you perfectly.
- SOAR Board — The Student Organization Advisory and Resource (SOAR) Board
- Involvement Fair – Each fall and spring semester, FSU hosts an Involvement Fair.
In addition to the numerous options for getting involved with the university, don’t forget that Tallahassee is full of opportunities for community outreach. When school starts this fall, set a goal to make an appearance to at least one organization or event within the first few weeks of the semester. Use the resources we provided above to get involved in extracurricular activities and set your college experience off to a great start!