Extensive research indicates that students who become involved with cocurricular life will have a more positive college experience.
Your student will have great opportunities to develop a network of friends; make a difference on their campus; and further develop their leadership, teamwork, problem solving, and risk-taking competencies. If a particular interest area is not covered within the current set of offerings, students may create one. Every semester, at least a half dozen new clubs are chartered.
It is even more important that first-year students become involved on campus to balance out the demands of their academic life. Becoming involved in an existing organization or founding a campus organization, participating in student government, or volunteering for community service initiatives are all positive ways for students to feel comfortable and excited about being a member of a new community.