Motivation Monday: College Students, Get Involved, Seriously!

As I know I’ve mentioned before, I am a college student in love with my sorority. It is by far the best thing I have chosen to be a part of in college. Contrary to the movies, I have not been learning who are the best people to hook up with, where are the best parties, who can buy me drinks because that’s not why me, or my sisters, are in college. Most of us joined for the sisterhood, the community service, and philanthropy work, trust me. However this isn’t about my sorority or even just for college students. My cry to everyone is to get involved and participate in the world around you!

In college this frequently means joining and minimally involving yourself in a few clubs so as to improve your resume. While there is nothing wrong with this, I can think of a few better reasons to be in clubs and to go to college in general. College can be one of the best learning experiences of your life if you take the initiative. No one is responsible for your learning except you. It is your responsibility to take classes that challenge you, excite you, and make you wildly curious. Of course you’ll have a few dull ones in there too, but ultimately it is up to you.

I will be the first one to tell you you don’t have to go to college which isn’t everyone’s favorite thing to hear. College can be safe. C’s get degrees and you’ll probably end up with a decent job and you can live a safe life. College can also be an incredible adventure. A place to try new things, take risks and chances and challenge yourself and push yourself to the limits. I’m choosing to take a risk. I’m choosing college as a way to participate in the world, educate myself, and have fun.

Let yourself be curious and willing to work. I’m not going to lie and tell you that you will always have motivation or that you will always get good grades. You probably won’t. But that’s another risk you’re going to take. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes in the process of learning, every error is worth the end result.

Join clubs that sound interesting, quit if you don’t like them. Go to school sponsored events just because you can. You’re already paying for it, after all. Don’t be afraid to get out there, be curious, introduce yourself, know when to quite, and keep and open mind and heart. Be Bold.