With the celebration of the 175th anniversary, the University of Missouri (MU) welcomes 33,805 students back to school. Unlike Chonnam National University (CNU), school here in America begun in early January. Beginning a new semester makes your heart flutter but you wonder about your campus life at the same time. The best way to know for sure if the school is right for you is to experience it for yourself by joining school organizations.
According to the data taken from the 2012 Annual Student Life Survey at MU, 1,014 undergraduate students participated in this survey, 83% of students are involved in at least one student organization. MU hosts many offices and programs that are here to support you and encourage your successful life. Start with more than 700 student organizations ranging from Greek life to club sports to academic interest clubs and everything in between.
Among over 25,000 undergraduate students here at MU, one third of them are members of a Greek community. There are 52 chapters of Greek organizations on campus 32 fraternities and 20 sororities. From philanthropy to fun events, the Greek community engages its members in many ways. Last year the fraternities and sororities jointly donated thousands of volunteer hours for local charitable organizations.
Student groups are one of the best ways to connect to campus while doing something you find fun and interesting. Looking for ways to add to your resume for an internship or job? Student organizations also provide you with opportunities to fulfill leadership roles and gain useful skills. Getting involved itself has something beyond textbooks and exams. Student organizations range from broad and large groups to smaller, more specific groups, for example, the Mizzou Board Game Club, College Democrats and Republicans, Journalism Student Council, Christian Campus House, Forestry Club, Steel Bridge Team, Asian Association etc.
Open your mind. You are going to learn a lot at school and not just from your professors. This is an intellectually diverse environment, and joining a school organization is a huge part of the college experience that you definitely do not want to miss. If something you see catches your eye, don’t hesitate to get more information. Programs have different admissions and requirements, so go to their website, call, talk to some people, and see what you need to do to get the most out of your time at the university.
By Kim Han-na, Overseas Correspondent