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Extra-Curriculars: Sometimes We Just Can't Get Enough

Monday, August 29, 2011

 

First week of school officially over…without any casualties (as far as I know of)! Like I said before, learning how to handle being involved in multiple organizations at one time is one of the stressful yet rewarding learning experiences of college. Sunday, while my friends were either outside tanning and enjoying the beautiful Boulder weather by hiking up Chautauqua, Boulder’s National Park, I had some other plans. Starting off the day with multiple cups of coffee, I headed over to the Rec Center at 9am for my Student Employee Welcome Orientation. I was asked to speak in front of the 200+ group of student employees about my experiences as a group exercise instructor and what a positive impact being an instructor has been on my life.

At 1pm, I headed over to the Leeds School of Business (on the complete opposite side of campus) for my Student Ambassador training, where we talked about how to make the most incredible tours for perspective freshman. This meeting made me step out of my comfort zone a little bit, because I didn’t actually know very many people in the meeting. However, by the time the meeting was over, I was speaking in front of the entire group, and made some new great friends. That is something that I’ve found here at CU—it doesn’t matter if you walk into a room knowing people or not, because in the end, everyone is looking to make new friends and meet new people.

My last meeting of the day was the newest edition to my schedule, Students for Israel. This past May I was given the opportunity to go to Israel, and ever since I’ve come back I’ve been obsessed! This group stresses that it is not a religious organization, but that it’s mission is to educate students on the political, economic, and social ties between Israel and the United States, as well as give students (or anyone else who is interested in the topic), the straight facts about this region in the Middle East.

Why am I blogging about this?  I’m attempting to stress that we have over 300 different clubs and organizations here at CU, and each one can be more different than the next. You can have a variety of different interests, and you can find an extra-curricular activity that will accommodate that specific interest. Trust me, I know. 

 

(Feel free to take a look at CU's website dedicated to student involvement http://www.colorado.edu/studentgroups/

Perri
Psychology, Elementary Education • Irvington, New York