Published: July 30, 2021

It’s the first day of classes and what better way to start off the semester than by thinking about how you’d like to get involved outside of your academics. Now is the best time to step out of your comfort zone, connect and find your community on campus!

You can start by attending the Be Involved Fair that will take place on Aug. 25 from 2-6 p.m. on Norlin Quad. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with student organizations, volunteer opportunities and non-profit programs on and off campus. ­It will give you the opportunity to talk to different clubs and organizations to learn more about what they do, when they meet and how you can get involved. 

Why you should go

Whether you’re starting your first year or final year at CU Boulder, there’s something for everyone at the Be Involved Fair. Here are some reasons to go:

  • First year: Find your place at CU and make connections by getting involved. Do you want to excel in your academics? Or perhaps your passion lies in sustainability.The fair will introduce you to a variety of opportunities. Getting involved can make campus feel “smaller” by helping you find your niche.
  • Second year: After a year of college, you have a better understanding of what extra time you might have available. Use your free time to get involved by finding something that is a perfect fit!
  • Third year: The activities you do on campus can help build your resume. Find something to specialize in or something you excel at. There are many opportunities to gain leadership skills and get ready for internships.
  • Fourth year or beyond: You’re almost done! Find ways to boost your resume by getting involved. Consider potential experience in your chosen post-school employment field.

Get ready for the fair

  • Take the involvement quiz to get a sense of what kind of clubs you might be interested in. 
  • Look for organizations on BuffConnect. Once you’ve found a few that you’re interested in, ask for more information about these during the fair. 
  • Be sure to have your class schedule handy, to make sure meeting times don’t overlap with other commitments you may have.
  • Make a short list of things you want from a club or volunteer opportunity. For example: gain work experience, meet new friends, be more active, etc. Check out several options and compare them with your list.

Questions to ask

Before the fair, think about what opportunities might be best for you. Here are a few things to ask yourself:

  • Am I looking for on- or off-campus opportunities?
  • Do I want to be involved in Boulder or other local areas?
  • What skills or experiences do I hope to gain?
  • What do I want to contribute?
  • How much time can I commit?

When you are at the fair, talk with organization representatives to get an idea if an opportunity is a good fit for you. Here are some examples of what you can ask:

  • What does your organization do?
  • What does it look like being a part of your organization?
  • How can I sign up to get involved?
  • What kind of time commitment is there to be involved with your organization?
  • When do you meet?
  • Where are you located?
  • What resources does your organization have for students?
  • What do volunteers do at your organization? 

Whether you’re looking to find a community or to gain experience for your resume, the Be Involved Fair can be the best place to start. Want to know more ways to get involved?