Getting involved makes a difference

By JANIE HARRIS

Editor-in-Chief & News Editor

When I first came to Piedmont, I was so ready to get involved, but it seemed like everyone around me avoided the opportunity as much as they could. Various clubs, events and other activities to get involved in presented themselves to all of us, yet many turned away.

I always found that ridiculously sad. We are at a small school for a reason. At a small school like Piedmont, everyone has the ability to hold a leadership position. 

During my time at Piedmont, I have had the opportunity to serve as the student advertising director of the Campus Activities Board, a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, a cheerleader, the sports editor of The Navigator, the interim editor-in-chief of The Navigator, a resident assistant and, now, the editor-in-chief and news editor of The Navigator. 

However, so many people on this campus haven’t taken the same types of opportunities that I have take until now.

This year’s incoming class gives me hope that when I leave Piedmont, there will still be students here that are excited to get involved– students who won’t run home every weekend they get. 

From what I have seen so far, the freshmen this year are ready to go, and they are motivated. 

They want leadership positions. They want to get involved. They might event show up to an event or two this year. Already, The Navigator has gained several new writers. 

While I don’t suggest getting quite as involved as I am, one club meeting every so often will not throw off your whole schedule, and on top of the fun you could have, you could also have another activity to add to your resume. 

Yes, sometimes classes alone can become overwhelming. But getting involved in a club or two is not going to kill you. Most clubs or organizations only meet every so often, and even if you are heavily involved, maybe having a lot to balance is a good exercise in time management. What do you think real life is going to be like? A job is going to take up a lot more than fifteen hours a week, so you might as well get used to being busy, especially as an upperclassman. 

Employers are looking for involved people. They don’t want someone who just went back and forth to class. They want someone who is motivated enough to do something with their free time. 

If you aren’t self-motivated enough to get involved, how are you going to be able to get all of your work for that business done? 

Having people get involved is exciting, and we should all learn from the freshman class. 

Just because you are a sophomore, junior or senior does not mean you can’t join a new club or start getting involved in some campus events. 

We came to college for a reason—to get an education and experience. So why not get as much experience as you can? 

Go to an on-campus event, join a club that interests you and make a new friend.

I can’t wait to see what this year’s freshman class does and how the school improves because of them.