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Getting Involved: The Easy Way
by Caitlin Mulroney

During my first week on campus, I heard it described as the “nervous stomach”. We all know the feeling. It’s that gut-wrenching, lightheaded sensation when parents drop you off at university for the first time and you look around at the place where you’ll be spending the next four years of your life. The move from high school to university can be daunting in more ways than one. After the relative shelter of elementary and high school, you’re suddenly faced with new people, a new environment, and most importantly, a new work load. It can seem overwhelming, and for good reason-it most certainly is. But don’t panic.

My high school years were spent in a haze of volunteer work and extra-curricular activities, so much so that upon entering my first year at Laurier I actually vowed to take a break and do absolutely nothing. I thought I needed time to adjust to my new surroundings, time for myself. What I found, however, was that although I appreciated the amount of time I had to do my readings and assignments, I still felt left out of events going on in residence and around the school. The more I tried to isolate myself from extra-curricular involvement, the less I enjoyed my time in first year.

My point? Get involved. It doesn’t have to be something that consumes every free moment, but at least try something. At Laurier, there is a club or an association for almost every interest. From video games to marketing or from fashion to dance, there is literally something for everyone. The moment I became involved with the History Student’s Association in second year was the moment when my university career turned around. I made lasting friendships, engaged in events across campus and disciplines, and found an outlet to talk about my interests. I no longer feel that sense of isolation and owe it all to one simple decision: the choice to get involved.

So here’s the secret- every way to get involved in campus activities is easy. There is no painstaking process or harrowing quest involved in becoming an engaged student. You just need to take a deep breath, take a chance, and sign up for something that interests you. You’ll be glad you did.

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