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A new school year brings about new opportunities to get involved around campus, meet new people, and gain experience for your resume. You could wander Tate plaza during class change to pick up flyers about clubs…but the Center for Student Organizations (CSO) makes the process even easier.

The CSO is located in Tate student center and provides a complete listing of campus organizations on its website. In addition, the office pairs students with clubs that may interest them and can even help you get your own club started on campus. This is a great resource so be sure to take advantage of it!

Although it’s important to be involved, it’s also important not to overbook yourself. One big decision for many students upon entering college is the choice to participate in Greek life. As a member of a sorority, I can vouch that Greek life provides countless opportunities to do philanthropic work and to network with alumni. If you so choose, you can hold a leadership position within your organization as well. However it’s important to keep in mind that joining a fraternity or sorority will occupy a good amount of your time.

As students become more serious about their area of study, many choose to join a student organization pertinent to their major. For example, as a Public Relations major there are many events tailored to networking with alumni and opportunities to form friendships with others in your area of study. Most majors have a club like this and can be found through CSO’s website.

My last piece of advice to you is to put yourself out of your comfort zone and do things that sound fun. As a freshman, a friend told me about the annual Shop With a Bulldawg program. Each December UGA volunteers take Athens elementary school students holiday shopping. From that point on I became an annual participant! It’s these involvements that have shaped my college career.

Be sure to take advantage of all UGA has to offer on campus. Don’t just go to class then head home. Join a club or organization and set yourself up for years of friendships, resume building, and networking!

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