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How do I get involved?
The first thing to do is to review the Connections Handbook, or check-out the OCA or Student Senate website. Both websites and the handbook will list the organizations that are available, their advisor, and contact information. Contact the organization and ask about their next meeting and ways to get involved. We're always looking for new members!
What organizations are there for me?
Glad you asked! We have over 150 organizations. Topic areas include: academics, honorary societies, Greek, mass media, multicultural, performing, religious, residence hall and a variety of other areas. There's truly something for everyone and by the off chance you don't see something you like, you can start your own organization!
What are the benefits of being involved?
Too numerous to mention, but let us try! First and foremost, studies indicate that involved students tend to have higher satisfaction rates. In turn, higher satisfaction rates tend to result in higher retention rates and persistence to graduation. Also, through involvement you can learn time management skills, how to interact with others, leadership skills, and a variety of other skills that can help you in the work world. Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities can enhance your resume and future employers want to know how you get along in groups. Campus involvement is a great way to demonstrate teamwork! Finally, it's a great way to make friends!
How do I start a new student organization?
Easy. Contact Student Senate and complete a Student Senate Org. Recognition Form. This form can also be found on the Student Senate website. If you know the name of your President, Advisor, meeting information and have a copy of your bylaws and constitution, that's great! If you need help getting this information together, we'd be happy to assist you! Also, by being a recognized student organization, you are eligible to receive money from Student Senate.
What if I wasn't involved in high school?
College is a great time to get involved and re-invent yourself! The great thing about student organizations is that you don't have to necessarily have prior experience, just a shared interest!