Coming into college can be quite overwhelming; especially if you’re a first freshman and living on campus. There are so many things you have to adjust to; dorm life, roommates, new people, and the boatloads of assignments. Despite the chaotic circumstances of university, there is one thing you can do to make college worthwhile; get involved! Slippery Rock University has over 160 student organizations for anyone to join. We are encouraged to engage in student clubs, which is why the beginning of every fall and spring semester, there is an organizational fair held.
1. Social Sorority or Fraternity
We’ve all seen the movies; but it is a great start to becoming accustomed into college. If you’re into the aspect of Greek life, Slippery Rock has it for you! There are approximately 20 active Greek organizations available. Prior to committing to a sorority or fraternity, you are able to attend events hosted by that organization to see if they’re the right fit for you. Keep in mind that you can hold off joining until another semester; recruitment happens in both the fall and spring! Joining this organization will guarantee you sisterhood or brotherhood for life.
2. Sports / Athletics
Slippery Rock University is pretty well known for it sports culture. Our university provides a varying athletic activities. SRU has athletics teams for most sports you can sign up and start conditioning. Another option to consider is intramural sports. Intramural sports are periodic and any level of skills are encouraged to join. Maybe sports isn’t your passion and long-term commitment to a team isn’t an option; but it’d be fun to join something mentally stimulating without the added stress. Our university has specific intramural activities for the semesters. SRU’s Aebersold Student Recreation Center (ARC) provides not only athletic equipment, but mentally stimulating classes as well. The classes ranges from yoga, aqua-fit, hip-hop dance, Zumba, cardio, and more.
3. Get a Job on Campus
Work study and on campus are great opportunities to earn extra money and network with others. There are many places for you to work on campus. If you’re an early bird, enjoy socializing, enjoy fast paced environment, Starbucks may be for you. There also on campus positions; such as desk attendants and residential assistants. If you’re interested in those positions periodically check on your SRU email and housing portal. The easiest opportunity for job is the food industry. AVI FoodSystems caters our main dining hall, Boozel, they’re looking for student employees all year round. In the student center, there are more food employment opportunities, Rocky’s and Quaker Steak & Lube. Bailey Library as well have job opportunities for student assistants. The library has a cafe; T&B Naturally, which employees a few students.
4. Volunteer / Community Service
Volunteerism is a resumé a builder. There many clubs varying in topics to volunteer for. Depending on your interests there’s a service club for you.