TCU Daily Skiff Orientation Issue 2004
Frog Fountain
Exploring outside your ‘mold’ brings many opportunities to life

By Kina Garrison
Skiff Staff

There is more to college than simply studying, getting good grades and graduating. It’s a social life.

Part of a “social life” is getting involved on campus in clubs and organizations.

A good way to begin is to find certain groups that interest you. If you are not sure exactly what you might enjoy, it helps to join many different types of organizations to see if any spark an interest. With more than 200 campus organizations, anyone can find somewhere to belong.

Mike Sacken, an education professor, said TCU definitely offers a variety of organizations on campus, and with such an active student body, most students love participation.

“It seems as though we admit a very active population,” Sacken said. “There’s about anything a person could get interested in and there’s a collection of TCU students doing it.”

Sacken said getting involved in college serves countless benefits such as escaping high school and hometowns and entering TCU. He said meeting new people, trying on new identities, developing new skills and learning to fit in as a “newbie” are a few of the benefits freshmen gain.

With so many organizations on campus, students find enjoyment through a variety of groups. But it is impossible to know for sure if something is interesting unless it is attempted.

“As you’re starting your freshmen year, look into anything that sparks your interest,” said Kelsey Zoellner, the Panhellenic president. “As you learn about these things, pick and choose your favorites and put your energies into that; and if anything else, just to meet people.”

Student Government Association President Jay Zeidman said getting involved is a great way to develop yourself outside of the classroom and become socially interactive.

“Getting involved allows you to develop skills you can use in the real world and gives you the chance to make some great friends,” Zeidman said. “The experiences you have are what keep you coming back to TCU year after year.”

Zeidman said getting involved gave him the chance to learn what he is capable of doing and the chance to learn his strengths and weaknesses.

According to the Tufts Interns Preparing Students Web site, interview committees like students who are involved in activities outside of schoolwork, which helps them see the student as a person.

“Being involved in outside activities also shows that you have time-management and organizational skills,” the Web site states.

Joining clubs and organizations can help chances of getting a job after college by proving that the student did more in school than just study. If time is scheduled well, getting involved will help students avoid wasting significant hours doing nothing. This proves a person’s capability of multitasking and balancing time.

However, an overloaded schedule with too many activities can interfere with grades. When thought out carefully, the advantages of involvement become greater.
Getting involved exceeds gaining organizational and time-management skills — it allows you to give back to the campus and the community.

“Getting involved really allows you the chance to make a true difference for your campus,” Zeidman said. “It gives you the opportunity to give back to your surroundings and at the same time, do what you enjoy most.”

HyperFrogs President Kennedy Shuler said a person can gain so much by supporting the campus and the community.

“The TCU campus benefits from programs or activities you may implement,” Shuler said. “The greater community benefits because of your involvement, and you may touch the lives of people outside of TCU in a positive way.”

Zoellner said her experiences have allowed her to meet people from both TCU and the Forth Worth community. This has increased her awareness of the entire student body and the issues that surround it, she said.

“As a senior, I look back and wish I would have been more involved on campus,” said John Matye, a senior marketing major. “I now see the benefits and know that it would have enhanced my college experience in a variety of ways.”

Matye said although he was somewhat involved, he wished he would have looked into TCU’s multitude of organizations.

“These type of organizations do not usually exist outside of college so take the opportunity to get involved while you can,” Matye said.

With so many organizations, students have little excuse for not getting involved.

Zeidman said, “Whether you are interested in politics, leadership or mountain climbing, there is something for everyone.”
Rugby photo
Band photo
Water polo photo
Improv comedy photo
Theatre production
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From intramural sports like rugby (top) and inner tube water polo (center) to musicals and theater performances (above), students explore a wide range of activities.
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