In a couple of days, one more semester will start, leading to another semester of accomplishments and mistakes, happiness and sorrows, love and heartbreak. I know I’m looking forward to it! (Not being sarcastic here, I swear)
When the semester ended, I had talked with a couple of freshmen who were anxious and disappointed of how their first semester at Cal turned out. Some didn’t get the grades they wanted. Some decided to switch majors halfway through. Some didn’t find where they belonged.
When I completed my first semester, I pretty much embodied all of these problems. I didn’t meet what I thought would be a “core” group of friends. I thought getting anything below a 4.0 was a terrible GPA (that high school mentality showing). I didn’t really like business or linguistics. I stayed in my dorm a lot, my floor wasn’t social, I didn’t get along with my roommate, and didn’t enjoy my extracurriculars of that semester. I didn’t like what I was doing, didn’t have direction, and didn’t feel like I belonged.
Following up with my gigantic list of business clubs, I thought it would only be fitting if I talked about my own experience with extracurriculars. Experiences definitely vary person to person, and if you’re interested in learning more about a particular time of mine, feel free to shoot me an email! In addition, you should definitely ask members about their own experience in their organization, because these are not standardized.
Just now, I released a comprehensive list of most Berkeley business organizations I could find on the interwebs. It’s quite a long list! Do not feel compelled to participate in all of them. In fact, I would discourage you from doing so. Here are some suggestions in regards to how to pick your battles and make the most out of your extracurriculars.
1. I suggest choosing one or two clubs to be actively involved in, whether it’s in a committee or as a general member. Find a way to participate as much as possible, go to their events, and make connections (both personal and professional) within your sphere. Great things will come to those who are open to others! In addition, I say one or two clubs because anything more than that will tire you out. Feel free to participate in the many events such extracurriculars host, however! There is often very little pressure, and no one really knows you’re not presently a member in that club. It’s always good to keep your options open and hear what others have to say.