Don’t Wait to Get Involved
Elizabeth Nelson is a third year Anthropology & Geography student.
When I started my first year at Carleton I knew I wanted to get involved in campus life. I wanted to make new friends, join campus groups, and enjoy everything the Carleton experience had to offer. My only problem? I decided to wait. I thought I needed time to acclimatize to university life before I jumped into even more new experiences. In truth I was simply nervous. Soon my thoughts of, “I’ll give myself a semester to settle in” turned into, “There’s always next year.”
Second year rolled around and I decided to test the waters of campus life. It was the best decision I’ve made as a student. What I didn’t realize at the time was that all the experiences I had been putting off as I waited to settle in were the very experiences that would help me feel like part of the Carleton community.
This week, as I wear my Facilitator shirt and dance, chant and welcome new students during Fall Orientation, I want to encourage all new and returning students to get involved this year. From Quidditch to Origami, Carleton offers an amazing array of extracurricular experiences for every student. Connect with other students who have similar interests as you, or explore a topic you’ve always been curious about. Can’t find something you like? You can even create your own club or society.
Whether you choose to play a sport, join a club or an academic group, or even just chat with your classmates…
My advice: don’t wait.