By: Matthias Baudinet
After a long summer, it is time to finally go to college. It is your first time going so far away from home. You'll be living with a person you have never met or talked to before. You will be surrounded by so many people that you do not know. These feelings can sometimes push a new student to recluse into their room and stay in the comfort of their bed. Being a senior at Green Mountain College, I can honestly say that this happens to many people. Of course, different people have different personalities, but a good way to try and avoid doing that is to force yourself to get involved.
Sometimes a new student really wants to interact with people, or mingle with fellow classmates that seem very interesting, but they can't seem to have the "courage" to do so. Either they don't know if the situation is appropriate or they think they won't know what to say. A good method to avoid that awkward and unwanted embarrassment is to get involved around campus.
There are so many ways to get involved around campus. There are over 20 different clubs, over 15 varsity sports teams, and so much more. Varsity sports is a good way to develop strong ties and bonds with a small but dedicated group of people. Clubs are sometimes very big, and sometimes very small in size. Depending on what you like to do or things that you are interested in, you will find similar people that you will become great friends with.
Since my freshman year, I have been involved with the Inter Cultural Center. Since my sophomore year I have been involved with the Student Senate here on campus. I have been Sophomore Representative, Junior Representative, and now Vice-President. Student senate is another way to get involved and meet people. Plus, you get valuable experience.
GreenMap is also a fun, awesome, and adventurous way to meet some cool people, and have a blast doing it. You get to go on super trips around New England doing all sorts of crazy things. From hiking, camping, kayaking, canoeing, snow-shoeing, or ice-climbing, there are so many awesome trips to go on where you can meet other awesome, adventurous people.
Of course, there are other ways to get involved on campus. Volunteering at the farm is one of them, and the theater program is another one. There are endless opportunities to get involved and have a blast while at college. Sometimes nerves can get in the way of those things, but it is important that we listen to our hearts and partake in the activities that we love!