COLUMN: College has a myriad of extracurricular opportunities
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Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 21:10
The college experience is focused on the growth of individuals. Academic education is the main source of learning in colleges, but it is not the only source. The true college experience provides students with not only a classroom education, but opportunities to grow in character through sporting events, clubs, organizations and social activities. The practical application knowledge gained in the classroom leads to the deeper understanding necessary to be successful in the real world. Campus activities seek to foster a community where all students complete their education and develop into leaders through involvement in purposeful leadership experiences.
Such activities are essential to a well rounded education, and are honestly quite enjoyable.
Some would say extracurricular activities are frivolous and shouldn’t be paid for by student fees and tuition. Without the funding from student fees and tuitions, many of the opportunities available here at USU would not be possible. Students should be proactive in seeking out ways to expand their education.
Extracurricular activities provide students with opportunities to expand their understanding of the world and their empathy for other people and cultures. There is a reason why general education requirements cover a broad spectrum of study. Limiting higher education to a single perspective limits our capacity to connect with others.
USU provides us with a myriad of opportunities for. We have great sports teams, clubs, a radio station, newspaper, intramural sports, dances and many other events, organizations and activities. Students can get involved in service projects, enjoy poetry and a beverage at PoBev, and cheer for our Aggies at football games. All of these campus activities come at a cost. Our tuition and fees help pay for these activities that so much of the student body benefits from. We are paying for all of our education, not just the classroom experience.
In addition, participating in extracurricular activities can be great for a student’s resume. College graduates who are involved with extracurricular activities are more likely to get a job right out of college than those who do not get involved. Campus activities provide students with opportunities to not only learn and grow, but to network, meet people in the community and expand their horizons.
My college experience would be dull if I had not taken advantage of the wonderful opportunities provided here at USU. I would challenge all who believe campus activities to be frivolous to give them a try. Get involved with campus events by joining a club or running for a student government position. Make your voice heard on Aggie Radio or by writing for The Statesman.
If you get involved in campus activities, you will graduate better prepared for the world and will find your time here at USU more enjoyable.