So, you’re done with classes, and you did all your homework. What are you supposed to do with your free time? I know that when I came to campus for the first time this year, I worried that I would have nothing to do, and I’m sure that most freshmen worry about that too. Well, West Chester University is home to over 300 clubs and organizations, so there’s always something going on around campus. Involving yourself in an organization can get you ahead in future employment. To find something you’re interested in, you may need to do a little digging. Here are five ways to find activities to do on campus:
RamConnect is the designated website to find clubs, events, and activities around campus. Signing up for events is now as easy as clicking the Register button and signing into events is as simple as scanning a QR code.
At the beginning of every school year, there is an involvement fair. In recent years, most clubs have a QR code somewhere on their display that takes you to their RamConnect page, where you can join the group and receive emails about in-person and virtual meetings.
Signing in with your WCU info keeps track of every event and group you register for and can add events to your personal calendar.
Many clubs and organizations promote their events on social media, especially on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. When you search West Chester University on Instagram, the search brings up many results for club and event pages. Follow some that interest you and look at their posts because you may see one that piques your interest.
If you’re already part of a club, it’s a good idea to follow them on social media so you’re up to date on all their information.
Flyers around campus
When you walk throughout buildings on campus, do you notice flyers posted on bulletin boards? Look at them! It’s advertising for an activity or club that you might be interested in.
I am a student employee, and one of my jobs is to make flyers and bulletin boards that are eye-catching and intriguing. My goal is to interest you in an activity and I share the same goal with hundreds of clubs on campus. Ultimately, we all want you to participate in something that interests you, so don’t hesitate to snap a picture of a flyer.
Ask friends and faculty
Your friends may be going to an event and invite you, or your professor is organizing a field trip. Don’t be afraid to reach out to those around you. They can help find something to do.
However, if you’re struggling to make friends, try to go to an event, like Rams After Hours, that plenty of people will be going to. Odds are you’ll talk to someone new, and that can eventually be the start of a wonderful friendship.
Walking around campus is a relaxing activity, but it’s also a good way to get to know your school.
For example, one night, my roommate and I were walking through campus and noticed that the gym had something going on. We checked it out and it was a girls’ volleyball game, so we watched and cheered for Millersville’s team. All things considered if we hadn’t been out and about that night, we wouldn’t have stumbled on something to do.
There can be dozens of activities happening on campus at a time. Sometimes they’re exclusive to a club, sometimes they’re for anyone. It never hurts to ask if you find yourself in the middle of an event.
I hope these suggestions help you find something to do. It may seem boring on campus if you don’t have a car and you don’t participate in the party scene. Nevertheless, if you just put yourself out there and try new things, you can make friends, gain fresh experiences, and have fun!
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