Being a member of a student organization can be an important factor in the success and enjoyment of your college experience. While academic learning is the primary goal of college, extracurricular activities help you learn and grow beyond the walls of the classroom and can provide you with hands-on-training to better prepare you for your future career.
Participation in student organizations offers you opportunities for fellowship, leadership, recreation, and meaningful interaction with faculty, staff, and students. The good friends and times encountered through being actively involved on campus can help transform what is sometimes a large and overwhelming institution into a place you can call home. There are a variety of organizations to choose from; a good place to start is the student organization website list. The site contains a list of student organizations in alphabetical order or search by category and gives a brief description of their purpose, activities, and (most important) a phone number. Getting involved is just a phone call away.
Types of Involvement
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
- Short-term: one day service projects, member of a student organization for a semester, attend on-campus events, etc.
- Mid-term: being a member of a student organization for at least a year, volunteering with the same organization for a year, interning, on-campus job, athletic team, music group, performance group, etc.
- Long-term: Greek letter organization, professional organizations, etc. (learn more about Greek Life)
Finding the Right Match
Please ask yourself some questions:
- What am I looking for in an organization, i.e. meet new friends, do something new, etc.?
- Do I know the goals and objectives of the group and what affiliation it may have with off-campus organizations?
- What time commitments are expected?
- What are the financial obligations, if any?
- Was recruitment a “hard sell”? If so, why?
- Will membership mean isolation from family and nonmember friends?
- Will involvement enhance or deter achievement of my academic and career goals?
It is important to remember that you could get "too" involved. Balance your school work, friends, family, and work schedules with your involvement opportunities so they complement one another instead of wearing you out. Choose to be involved if you are satisfied with your life’s balance, schedule and interests. Getting involved is easy, just pick up your phone and dial a number. If you need help or some encouragement feel free to call our office at 414-229-5780 our staff is happy to help out.
No student may be denied admission to, participation in, or be discriminated against in any organization at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, ancestry, age, pregnancy, marital status or paternal status. Discrimination is also prohibited based on political affiliation or belief, arrest or conviction record or disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status.