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How To Get Involved as a College Student

Are you in college? Are there issues you care about? Are you unsure of what you can do while still a student? Here are some ideas for how YOU can get more involved in your college community!

Join a Club

There's no shortage of clubs at most colleges and there's typically a variety of clubs that have a specific focus of getting like-minded students together to address their shared goal or issue. This can range from political clubs, such as College Republicans or College Democrats, service-oriented groups, such as College Mentors for Kids, or advocacy groups, such as Students for Life or Students for a New Green World. Greek life can also provide opportunities for students to get involved in the community, as many Greek organizations have specific philanthropies they work with, have service requirements and also allow students to meet more people with similar goals and interests.


Volunteering with an organization that has the sole focus of addressing causes you care about is a great way to get involved in the community and make a difference. There are often college-specific service organizations, such as the Crimson Cupboard, which is a food pantry for students at Indiana University.

Run for a Student Government Position

Student government can be a great way to make your voice heard about issues that relate to your college community, as well as being a volley to gain leadership and public speaking experience.

Get an Internship

Internships provide an opportunity to gain valuable professional experience while in college and to open doors to further activities and events relating to your interests. This can also be a helpful way to find full-time employment after graduating.



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