If you weren’t involved in a lot of extracurricular activities in high school, getting involved in college may feel like more of a challenge for some. I’m going to talk about some of the ways a “newbie” to extracurricular activities can get their foot in the door.


I’m going to start with a little background knowledge on how I got started with my activities (so you know I’m a credible source). My history of leadership starts back to 8th grade; at my middle school we had a group of students who volunteered their time as peer mentors to help guide new students (6th graders) around. We were called Web Leaders, I remember instantly being drawn to the opportunity to help others, something that definitely still pushes the activities I am a part of still. Moving on I had a similar position in my high school however we were called Link Leaders, and we were peer mentors for the incoming 9th grade class. In high school I was also on my student paper, which opened up more than just learning leadership skills for me. As an entertainment writer then eventually the entertainment editor I learned more about how to not only lead but take a step back and be leaded, I also learned the skills necessary to deal with conflicts which definitely came in handy.


A lot of involved students that I know now explain that high school really drove them to get involved. Erika Bakke a friend of mine through my involvements on my campus explains how her high school involvements translated into her collegiate involvements, “I was a part of Deca in high school which I loved! It made me more inclined to be involved in college and now I serve as the Vice President of Finances for one of my organizations.” On the other hand, for some even their high schools clubs and organizations weren’t enough to push them to find another in college. CSU Senior Kailey Painter explains why she chose not to get involved after high school, “I was on my dance team in high school which really rounded out my high school experience, but when I came to college I wanted to focus less on extracurricular activities and more on my academics.” And there will also be those over involved students as my friend Derick Murray explains, “To be honest, I was over involved in high school and now with even more organizations in college its safe to say I’m even more over involved now!”


As you can see, being involved in high school doesn’t always translate to being involved in college, but for most their desire to be involved started in their high school years.