As a student at Syracuse University, it’s possible to just skate under the radar – but where’s the fun in that? You’re a college student with a lot of potential, so why not exercise as much of it as possible? You’re finally away from home, you’re living on your own in a CBC Commons apartment, and you have the possibilities in front of you to get an outstanding education AND make unbreakable friendship bonds you’ll keep for life.


If you’re a timid freshman who isn’t quite sure of where they stand at the University, it can be hard to put yourself out there. Never fear. You have a lot of options when it comes to getting involved with the school or the students around you.


Don’t squander an opportunity you have to branch out. Get active and interested in your college life!


Student Activities Center


Your first stop for getting more involved at Syracuse University should be stopping by the Office of Student Activities. Here you’ll find a resource chock full of possible extracurriculars and engagement opportunities with fellow Syracuse students. These programs and events are your gateway to making more friends and developing more orange pride.


Activities you can find here vary based on the time of year and activities available when you visit. For example, the opportunities listed at the time of this blog writing are a Chili Cook-Off, HotSpot Officer Training and 44 Stars Awards nominations. Follow them on Twitter for updated information on current school events. You can also visit the in-person office for more up-to date event information. By the time you read this, something else might be going on at SU – and you don’t want to miss it!


Starting a Club


Don’t be afraid of being in charge of your own destiny. Start a club of your own, though unofficial with the school. Are you passionate about Asian culture? Are you a history buff? Find like-minded individuals and get together to discuss your interests.


It’s simple to find friends if you look around online. Check Syracuse University forums and other school tech-vehicles to find more and more friends interested in your cause. You won’t believe how easy it is to connect with friends who hold your same interests and hobbies if you just put yourself out there and state your passions.


Joining a Student Organization


Syracuse University is home to a lot of student organizations. From debate organizations to volunteer committees, you’re extremely likely to find something you connect with available in their directory. Not only are student organizations great for finding friends and getting more involved with your school, your inclusion in a student org. can also boost your resume.


Be aware that student organizations are actually commitments, though. If your organization needs you to do something, you have to make time for it. Don’t commit to a student organization unless you’re truly committed to participating.


Basic Interactions


Getting involved on campus can be just as simple as being friendly with those around you. You don’t have to get involved with the college part of finding friends if you don’t want to – just get socially involved instead.


Going to college is your opportunity to start over, fresh and new. If you were a socially awkward introvert in high school, use college as a means of starting over as a social butterfly. There are thousands of students at Syracuse University – why not interact with as many as you’d like to?


Getting involved at college is important. You can get through it without being so social, but you’ll regret the decision in the long run. Start being more active at Syracuse University and you’ll have a fulfilling college experience to look back on once you’re an alumni.