“Penn State is a large university.” That’s probably a comment that you will hear every time you tell someone that you go to Penn State. Get used to it because it will never end.
Although there are forty thousand humans surrounding you, it can get a little lonely sometimes. The best way to prevent that is to get involved in activities. During your first week at Penn State, there will be an involvement fair on the lawn of the HUB, or our student center. All of our organizations and clubs will be there to attract interest from you. When I say that this involvement fair might be the largest one you will ever attend, I’m not lying. I remember having to push my way through the aisles just to get a glimpse of the thousands of tables that were all so unique.
When I say that there is something here for everybody I mean it. Coming to Penn State I knew that I wanted to be involved in Greek Life so I made it a point to stop at the Panhellenic Council table. I also knew that I wanted to join a club that had to do with writing or television broadcasting so I stopped by our university newspaper “The Daily Collegian.”
If you’re not sure what you want to do, I would recommend visiting the Penn State website to look at all of the different clubs and organizations that are available.
I spoke to one of the girls on my floor about her experiences with joining extracurricular activities. Her name is Lauren, and she said that, “From the very beginning I joined EcoReps which means that I’m an ecological representative for Geary Hall. I then went through sorority recruitment, trained to be a registered EMT in the state of Pennsylvania and worked for LifeLink EMS. In the Spring Semester, I took on managing the Club Track & Field Team. So yeah, you could say I’m pretty involved.” I’m not saying that you have to take on a million and one things such as Lauren did, but it’s safe to say she enjoys being heavily involved in multiple realms of the campus.
There is a place here for everyone. If you have any doubts ever, especially in the first week, just try to remember that finding your people might take some time. For me it took me a few weeks after sorority recruitment was over and after I had attended some meeting for Her Campus Penn State, for me to find my people. It will all work out; you will find your best friends; you will be okay.