#StudiousSeptember: Let’s Get Involved

27 Sep

Hey, Wildcats! We’re about 4 weeks into the semester now, and things around campus are falling into a nice, steady rhythm! You know what to expect from your classes now, and how much time to dedicate to each. Exams are coming up and midterms will be just around the corner. While it’s exciting to reach a comfortable point in the semester, it can be easy to get too comfortable.

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Every semester, I find myself reaching the point of exhaustion around this time. Staying motivated can be difficult and it can be easy to procrastinate your homework! The first exams are crucial to your grades and understanding of course material, so it’s important to keep your brain and health in good shape so your can do your best.

One of the best ways I have found to alleviate the exhaustion is to take “me time.” As many of you already know, “me time” classifies as anything that may be relaxing or enjoyable to you. Some people may take a nice warm bath while listening to their favorite music. Others may go for a jog, or read a book. People like me may want to hop into some extracurriculars – such as joining a new club!

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Clubs are one of UA’s most incredible features! 600 clubs, tailored to all kinds of different interests, activities, and hobbies are available to all students on campus. You may be thinking, “How will I be able to choose which club is right for me?” Luckily for you, I’ve come up with some steps you may want to take while choosing your club!

  1. Identify what your passions and interests are. You want to spend your time doing something your truly enjoy. What do you enjoy doing during your “me time”? If you want to do something pertaining to your major, that’s great! If you want to do something that you love as a hobby, that’s great, too! Maybe you want to reach out of your comfort zone and try something completely new.
  2. Explore the clubs UA has to offer. There are so many clubs to enjoy on campus! From cultural organizations to sports clubs to a cappella groups, UA will provide you with more options than you can imagine. ASUA’s Club Resource Center directory provides students with the resources to explore and join different clubs available on campus!
  3. Join A Club. Once you’ve found your perfect fit, join! While there is sometimes a fee, it is small in comparison to the experiences that your club will give you. Many clubs go on trips to many different places, perform for other people, help you create a network, or connect you to people who have similar interests as you! You can’t get the same experience anywhere else on campus, so reach out and try something new!

Even when things get a little chaotic during the semester, it’s important to remember that you’re only human. As a student, you have so many pressures around you, and taking time for yourself is healthy and vital to your success. Spend time doing the things you love, and explore what’s available to you during your college journey!

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-Elizabeth

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