Finding New Ways to Engage Yourself Each Semester

Finding New Ways to Engage Yourself Each Semester
Whether or not you go to a big university or a smaller college, by the time you reach your junior year, you might feel like you’ve seen and done it all. You already know which clubs and groups you want to join, you’ve explored different academic departments and are ready to finish up your major, and have already experimented with the best make-out spots on campus. While study abroad can provide a much-needed escape that leaves you refreshed and excited to return to your school, there are less extreme ways to burst the campus bubble so that you’re consistently feeling as challenged and enthusiastic as you did the first day you arrived.

At the start of each semester — or whenever you’re feeling bored — review the list of clubs and extracurricular activities on your college website or by visiting the office for student affairs or student activities (each campus has a different name and organization system). New clubs have probably formed since your freshmen orientation, and you may have developed different interests, realizing that clubs or intramural sports you weren’t attracted to in the past are now a better fit. Ask your friends what they’re into, and tag along to a meeting to see what it’s all about. Most meetings have some sort of free food, too, so at least you’ll get a break from schoolwork and a study break snack.

Also explore the community outside of campus. Try out a new restaurant or dive bar, find some vintage shopping around campus, or even take a mini road trip to explore the complete other side of town. Take some friends, and if you’re completely unfamiliar with the neighborhoods, you’ll almost feel like you’re taking a day trip out of town. Another way to make your campus feel like new again is to change up your schedule and routine. Start eating dinner outside with your friends, family picnic style, or start swimming in the recreational center pool for exercise instead of running around the track. Little changes can force you to discover new places on campus, from the racquetball court to another dorm’s study room, which infuse your schedule with new energy and stimulation. You don’t have to take a semester off to rejuvenate your interest and engagement in college, just be a little more experimental and vow to get out of your rut by challenging yourself to try new things.
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