After a semester under their belt, your student might be looking for other ways to branch out socially as well as academically. Universities offer a wide range of clubs and organizations to join and can be an important part of your college student's experience.
Help your student expand their interests! Most universities have a number of clubs and organizations for your student to explore. In Alexander Astin's book, What matters in college: four critical years revisited, research shows that engagement is positively linked to better grades while involvement with community service has a positive effect on student's overall development.
Here's a list of the type clubs and organizations that may be offered:
If academic clubs are not your student's interest, there are a wide variety of intramural sports for the more athletic student. Intramural sports not only encourage students to interact with their peers, they also lower stress through exercise.
A happy and healthy student gets better grades! In addition to formal clubs and groups, or even intramural sports - universities offer plenty of classes at the recreation center. Your student can explore everything from yoga and bodybuilding, to swimming and cycling.
If your student does not see a club listed that they are interested in joining, they can create their own club or organization! Visit your school's student involvement or student activities page online to find out how to get started.
Whatever your son or daughter decides, their involvement will enhance their college experience, introduce them to new ideas and prepare them for their future careers.
For specific information regarding clubs and opportunities please visit: Student Organizations at Marquette