Questions to Ask Yourself Before Joining an Organization
By Khadejah Stegall
Khadejah is a part of the TLC College Ambassador Program and attends North Carolina A&T University.
There are hundreds of student organizations on campuses that give students a safe platform to make a difference and learn. Student organizations are great ways to meet new people and find other hobbies that interest you outside of the classroom. Although student organizations are a wonderful resource college offers, it can get overwhelming to choose which organizations are a good fit for you. While it is great to be involved, it isn’t realistic to be involved in over ten organizations, and you may find yourself always busy instead of being productive. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you pay your dues and get that t-shirt!
What Does Your Class Schedule Look Like?
This is probably one of the most important questions to ask yourself before joining an organization. Take a look at your class schedule and see what open space you have to accommodate another time commitment. Also be sure that you are leaving time aside to study and do your work for classes. If you are taking a lot of classes that are hard and require a lot of your time, it may be wise to commit to no more than two organizations.
Is It A Good Fit?
It’s great to ask around to see what others experienced in organizations and if they received any benefit from it. By doing this, you can prevent wasting your time with an organization you thought would be a good fit for you.
Is It Aligned With Your Passion?
Ask yourself what you are passionate about and interested in learning more about the organization you are thinking of joining. Once you figure this out, you can easily choose what organization may be a good fit for you. If you are very passionate about dance and interested in chess, then you can join a dance and chess team.
Are You Doing It For Social Gain Or Self-Improvement?
It’s so easy to get caught up in the hype in college. Just because an organization looks cool doesn’t mean it may be for you if you have no real interest in it. A great organization for self-improvement would be Toastmasters to improve your public speaking. This is a transferable skill you can use for the rest of your life! If you struggle with self-esteem and want to improve your confidence, then joining a modeling troupe may be great for you as well.
How Does This Benefit You Long Term?
What do you see yourself doing long term? Are you an engineer or English major? It may be wise to join organizations related to your major so that you are open to more resources about employment opportunities. Try to get involved in at least one professional organization where you can benefit from the network and resources they provide.
Are You Willing To Make The Time Commitment?
If you have a very demanding major that takes up a lot of your time, it may not be wise to join an organization that practices every day unless it is a part of your career path. For example, if you are a business major and want to be in the band, it may put a lot of stress on you because the band is a tough commitment. If you are on a scholarship or see yourself playing professionally, then that’s different, and you have to manage your schedule closely. Otherwise, try to see if you can play your instrument that you love a couple of times a week when you have the time.
Organizations are fun to be a part of while in college. Make the wise decision and choose what’s best for you according to your lifestyle. You can always wait until next semester to do more if you would like, so don’t think that what you choose one semester is the final choice for your college career.
Khadejah Stegall is a college mommy blogger that inspires others to achieve the impossible through the power of Jesus. She enjoys family time, eating vegan meals when it's convenient and mentoring others on professional development. To be inspired by more post, follow her blog at khadejahstegall.com.