Several nights ago, hundreds of student organizations pitched camp on the Astroturf field behind our recreation center in what we refer to as Student Org Night (Student Organization Night). Unfortunately, job responsibilities withheld me from attending this carnival of special-interest groups, brotherhoods, and factions. Although I am already overly involved around campus, I still would not pass up an opportunity to walk through the maze of tri-folds, pamphlets, and free magnetic stickers.
To me, Student Org Night is much more than a previewing; to me Student Org Night is a catalyst for potentiality.
With classes beginning to dive into the real material and the hangover of syllabus week subsided, many freshmen have begun to form a patchwork of friendships. Typically, your network consists of roommates, fellow dorm dwellers, and the beautiful blonde you sit next to in GCOM. Nice start; however, how can you find yourself at a school boasting a student population of 17,000? 30,000? Or even 50,000? The answer: organizations.
An organization takes your entire college community and shrinks it down to easy, manageable portions. What used to be a sprawling campus of 17,000 strangers is now a group of 45 people invested in the thrills of skiing and snowboarding. What used to be a sea of 30,000 students is now a sisterhood of 130 immediate friends.
The obvious two-fold advantage of joining an organization is you are a part of a group who embraces the same values, morals, beliefs, interests, and passions as you do. As a Resident Adviser to upperclassmen, I still have sophomores and juniors browsing organizations to potentially join. During the fall rush week of last year, my fraternity gave a bid to a SENIOR. Although he had been an active member in the JMU community, he still wanted the experience of a fraternity. Surprisingly, he became one of our most active members during his one-year tenure.
No matter your year, from a dazed freshman to a veteran senior, continue to search for organizations of interest.
Jason studies Interpersonal Communication and Rhetoric at James Madison University, where he is a Resident Advisor and active fraternity member. His passions are reading, personal development, and dating communication.