You’re new to Mount Royal this fall. University seems like a big scary place where you don’t know anyone. Your high school friends are in different programs or at other schools. You’re trying to find the place you fit in; a community for you to participate in and, hopefully, make some new friends. Joining a club is a great way to start building those relationships (which is why it’s number one on our list), but there are many other benefits to joining up with a SAMRU club that you might not have thought about.
- Make new friends
We know this is a top priority, especially for new students. Your comfort bubble from high school has burst and you’re going to have to go even further out of your comfort zone to make those connections. Chances are that a club has already been started around a hobby or passion of yours! You’re already halfway there to making new friends with your common ground established. No clubs you’re interested in? Start your own and have like-minded individuals come and join your club!
- Looks good on a resume
It’s a tough job market right now. Having a meaningful extracurricular on your resume could be the thing that puts you on top of your competition. Highlight the skills, knowledge, and experience that the club provided you (eg. recruiting new members, holding an event) and you may just improve your employability!
- Networking – getting a job is about who you know
We know, we know. We’re focusing a lot on the whole “finding a job” thing. But, truly, you can expect to meet a diverse group of individuals who may not be in your program, but may work in organizations that appeal to your career goals.
- Gain new skills
While you’re beefing up that resume, make sure to also update your skills section! Chances are, you’re gaining skills, knowledge, and experience that you may not be able to gain with academics or work experience (though we can’t undermine the value of co-op work programs or summer student placements).
- Get outside your shell – try something new
Always wanted to get involved in political activism? Want to be MRU’s next big improv star? Check out the clubs directory to find your new passion. Clubs are a safe space for students to explore new interests, so start exploring! You might find something you’re passionate about that you hadn’t even realized.
- Pursue your passions
We get it. You’re a strong, independent student who don’t need no blog post telling you to try new things. That’s why we also included honing in on your existing passions. There’s nothing wrong with revelling in a group of people who you already know share at least one of your interests with you. Plus, having experience in a club that you already know you’re interested in might give you the courage to join up with a club in unknown territory.
There’s lots of ways to get involved on campus. Whether it’s joining a club, volunteering, or joining the Board of Governors, there are lots of ways to make your transition to university a little less scary. SAMRU co-hosts the Clubs and Campus Expo on September 12 to 14, 2017 on MRU’s Main Street. Check out the clubs’ booths to get more info on what group might be a good fit for you! See you there!