- Join a Sport
People tend to connect with athletes based on the sport alone, so this is a great way to get involved in your university’s community. When you participate in a college sport, all eyes of the university are on you, cheering in your corner and rooting for you to win, because if you win, then the school wins, and this brings about a positive level of camaraderie and school pride. As a college athlete, many people will know who you are before you know them!
Also, being an athlete does wonders for a college student’s social life! Just turn on the television and you will notice that some of the faces and personalities are athletes or they used to be. For instance, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a former pro wrestler is now a huge movie star who’s part of the Fast & Furious franchise and other blockbuster movies. Former New York Giants football player and Football Hall of Famer, Michael Strahan retired and went on to become a major TV personality. This is not to say that you are guaranteed a certain level of success in life if you join a college sport. Joining a sport will simply help you get more involved with your university’s community and quite possibly open doors to other opportunities.
If you have the talent, consider joining a sport at your university. Granted, some coaches will scout out some of their athletes, but Florida National University (FNU) encourages you to consider trying out for one of our basketball, soccer, or volleyball teams. Our athletic department is part of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. If you’re interested in playing sports as an FNU Conquistador, visit our webpage and fill out this online form.
- Join an Academic Club
Many students form study groups for subjects they find challenging or simply because they like studying as a group, rather than alone. Some of these study groups last as long as the semester and others go on to become a permanent student organization.
By joining an academic club, this will not only help you meet more people and get involved with school events, you’ll also be improving your studying skills and overall academic grade for that particular subject.
- Attend Sporting and/or Community Events
If you don’t consider yourself the academic or sports scholar, you don’t have to join a club/team, just show up to a sporting or campus event! You’ll be surprised at how many people you can meet by simply showing up and starting a conversation. You’ll be on campus, so you don’t have to worry about talking to a complete stranger because you’ll all have academia in common. The chances are highly likely that you’ll even see a classmate! And you’ll find that some of your classmates may be a bit more approachable outside of the classroom when the stress and urgency of completing assignments isn’t present.
- Show Up to Orientation!
This really should be the first thing you do, but we figured it would sound too much like an instructional pamphlet and as a student—a new student, you’ll have plenty of those! But it’s still worth mentioning. By showing up for orientation, you’ll be able to meet all of the other new students like yourself! You’ll also meet key faculty members who you can connect with and learn about any new opportunities happening on campus.
- Start a Conversation with a Fellow Classmate
Something as simple as asking for an extra pen or pencil while you’re in class can make all the difference between gaining a “study buddy” or working alone. A simple, “hello” can take you a long way in developing a friendly conversation with someone and who better than your classmate who’s sitting 2-3 feet away from you? You don’t have to carry on a full-blown conversation with your classmate, but a simple “good morning” or just offering your assistance with an academic problem he or she might be having can take you further than you could imagine—all this by starting a conversation!
- Get a Job!
Finding a job on campus is another great way to help you get more involved in your university’s community. As a campus employee, you’ll be a staple on campus. Students and faculty will know and recognize your face and you’ll recognize theirs. FNU offers work-study opportunities to students who qualify!
FNU: Get Involved!
There are so many ways you can get involved in your campus’ community. These first six tips are just a few of the ways you can start. So if you’re interested in enrolling in FNU and becoming part of our campus community, contact an advisor today!