Freshman Year: The time to get involved

BY SAMANTHA SWANK

SC Contributing Writer

By this time of the year, college freshman begin to adjust to university life.

The stress of being in a new environment is diminishing, and they have organized all of their obligations, made friends, and know their way around the campus.

This makes it the perfect time to start getting more involved with campus clubs and activities.

Although it may be the last priority on a new student’s mind, getting more involved with organizations and events around campus can enhance the college experience at East Stroudsburg University.

Fast forward to your senior year. Freshmen won’t have much of a resume to perfect without — you know — anything to put on it.

Freshmen should enjoy their first year of freedom, but do so wisely.

They should remember that those late nights learning how to chug a beer will turn into late nights learning how to survive on unemployment.

By participating in on-campus activities and clubs, a sense of community can be formed —  it also helps with the whole unemployment thing.

Joining clubs is a great way to make new friends, network, and build that strong résumé you will be obsessing over your senior year.

With a wide variety of clubs offered at East Stroudsburg University, there is something for everyone to be a part of.

Students who want to get involved in extracurricular activities will find a variety of organizations tooled for different majors.

The Student Nurses’ Association (SNA) is where students enrolled in the Nursing Program participate in many health-based projects around the community.

The Student Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) is for students interested in the teaching profession.

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is for the student interested in public relations.

The Stroud Courier gives students interested in journalism an opportunity to write and edit for the university newspaper.

WESS, East Stroudsburg University’s radio station, provides a workplace to gain experience in broadcasting.

There are also clubs for the artistically inclined student, such as the ESU Dance Team, Musical Theater, Concert Choir, and Jazz Ensemble.

The Student Senate offers an opportunity for students to get involved with campus politics, allowing students to participate in “a medium for expressing student opinion on matters of general interest,” as stated by the Student Activities Association on the Student Organization website.

There are also the clubs for the athletes.

Anybody looking to get involved in sports and physical health can find several different sports and recreation teams to join, such as the Gymnastics club, Women’s and Men’s Rugby Football club, and Ultimate Frisbee.

Your college experience is about more than just making the Dean’s List.

What you do outside the classroom is equally important.

Email Samantha at:

swank@live.esu.edu

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