To Get Involved or Not

Hello everyone! We are now starting our fifth week of classes and hopefully you have gotten into some form of a daily routine in order to deal with all your homework assignments and such. I am happy to share with you that it's not too late to get involved on-campus because many campus clubs and organizations are still having their call-out meetings throughout the month of September. Please come out to any of them that interest you and never forget that it's a lot more fun if you go with friends.

Here are some of the campus organizations that I am involved with:

  1. Teter Quad Student Government (Dorm government): This is a great stepping stone to getting involved on campus as many students who partake in this activity usually are the ones you find later on in a leadership position and plus it looks great on a resume. After your first year in dorm government, you may be invited to join the Residence Halls Association or National Residence Hall Honorary organization in order to make a greater impact around campus. Also, it's a great way to meet other Hoosier students!
  2. Indiana University Student Alumni Association: One of the largest student organizations on the Bloomington campus, it has many student members who want to participate in the true Hoosier experience and remember it for a lifetime. Also, it gives you the opportunity to meet many other students and network with them for future references. By the way, you can also get a discount card and a free t-shirt if you join this awesome organization!
  3. Indiana University Student Foundation: Another popular campus organization, the Student Foundation plans many campus events that connect students with one another, but it's most famous for planning and implementing the Men's and Women's Little 500 races in the Spring every single year. Also, you can get a lot of free pizza and t-shirts at many of there organizational meetings.
  4. First Year Experience Programs: I know most of you have went through New Student Orientation before in the past, so I will not tell you about the components of Summer Orientation, but the opportunities this office provides in terms of work opportunity. First, you can apply to be an Office Assistant, Program Assistant, or Orientation Leader for New Student Orientation. Second, you can apply to become a Welcome Week Assistant for your dorm if you live on-campus. Finally, you can also join the FY Ambassadors to if you want to make a positive impact on the Bloomington campus and community.
  5. Union Board: I'm sure many of you have been inside the Indiana Memorial Union by now and possibly watched a movie in the Whittenberger Auditorium. Do you know who puts on these fantastic movies on most weekends? You guessed it, Union Board! This is not the only event they put on as they have 13 active committees that constantly strive to be amazing in putting on engaging programs for all campus students. If you want to join, please attend one of the call-out meetings or go to one of their huge events in the next month or so.
  6. Indiana University Dance Marathon: A really, really, really huge dance party that raise funds for Riley Children's Hospital in October that attracts many thousands of students to help out. It's a really fun event and every year it just keeps getting better. If you want to join, it's still not to late. Just visit the IUDM website and or contact your sorority and or fraternity or even make your own group and join in the fun as soon as you raise your funds that's.

These are just some of the many amazing organizations that are active around campus. Choose one or as many as you like to be involved in and have some fun while your here studying at Indiana University Bloomington! Enjoy the Indiana University football games right now, but get ready for the Men's Basketball games in Assembly Hall soon all you amazing Hoosiers!

About The Author
Kevin KingProud Hoosier Alumni, Warsaw IN, Class of 2015

Hello! I am known as Kevin to many of my fellow peers, friends, and family.

I am a recent college graduate of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington, with duel minors in Political Science and International Studies along with a Political & Civic Engagement certificate.

My college life was filled with academics and extracurricular activities, but especially as a senior.  I was heavily involved with the following campus organizations/departments: Residential Programs & ServicesFirst Year Experience, Student Peace Alliance, and the Office of Student Life and Learning. Finally, I was a student blogger for WeAreIU.com for three years.

Fun fact: I have worked Summer New Student Orientation twice as a Program Assistant!

Stay true and have fun Hoosiers!