Is There Such a Thing as Being TOO Involved?

Alright folks, it happened: my first breakdown.

It probably wouldn’t even seem like that big of a deal to anyone else, but it was just one of those days when you have too many things to do and not enough time to do anything.

The weeks are slipping into midterms, multiple projects are due in the same week, and I have a different meeting every day of the week. I either can’t find time to study or I just don’t want to study.

But I ran into my roommate (weird, right) and we had a long talk about our issues. We came to the conclusion that college is a lot harder than anybody told us.

Or maybe it’s just us. In high school, we were both extremely involved, and we came into IU with that mentality. I signed up for approximately six different clubs, and now I get emails daily about events and meetings happening in the following weeks. It seems like every night I have a choice between two or more different club activities.

So where do you draw the line between being involved and being in over your head? My friend’s sister, who is a junior here at IU, told her to get actively involved in one or two clubs that you really enjoy.

If you are on the mailing list for 100 different clubs (like me), chances are that you will feel too overwhelmed to go to any meetings at all. But if you put all of your effort toward one or two clubs, you will be rewarded by having the opportunity to really get to know the people in that group and even move up in rank.

For example, I’m a member of the Beth Wood chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). I joined two committees, and am looking to apply for the Executive Board next year. I love it.

I finally opted out of some of the other email lists, and I learned how to prioritize events. If it’s something that will help me prepare to my major, it’s worth going to. If it’s just for fun, I only go if I know I can spare the time.

I still allow myself to have some fun, though. For example, when I finish all of my homework for the day, I reward myself by watching Dexter. It’s my guilty pleasure. And on the weekends, my roommates and I have movie nights. We’re pretty adorable.

So after nearly seven weeks at college, I’ve finally figured it out. Took me long enough.

If you don't know what to get involved with, check out the IU Big List for clubs and organizations, or some other articles on, like this one!

About The Author
Madi McNewJournalism Major, Class of 2017

I am a current freshman at IU majoring in Journalism with specializations in Public Relations and Advertising and Journalism Design and Graphics. I'm also considering a second major or a minor in Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management. I was active in my high school media publications for all four years, and I plan to continue to be active in student media here at IU! I hope you enjoy my posts and learn a few things along the way!