Problem solved: just get involved

Extracurriculars are not just for high school. They make the difference between just getting through community college and actually enjoying the experience.

Whether you’re trying to transfer to a four-year university or get an associate’s degree, being involved on campus will make your time at Pierce memorable.

Everyone has something that they’re interested in. Whether it’s theater, music, volleyball, tabletop gaming, political science, comic books, or anything in between, odds are that you can find a way to enjoy your interests with other people on campus.

Joining a club is a great way to meet like-minded people who share the same interests as you. Suddenly, your Biology class on Monday mornings doesn’t seem so hard to go to when you know you’re meeting with your book club later that day.

Being part of something is a great way to meet people and make friends. It’s hard enough to make friends at a community college. There’s a reason they’re called commuter schools. People go to class and then go straight home. This makes it hard to build meaningful relationships with other students.

The more time you spend on campus, the more it will begin to feel like yours. It won’t just be a place you drive to in the mornings or evenings when it’s time to learn about statistics. It will be a place where your favorite teachers and friendships live.

After all, what was the best part of high school? It wasn’t the campus itself or the cafeteria food. It was playing in the softball games and supporting your friends in the school play.

It’s not always easy to get involved on campus, especially if you’re a full-time student who also has a job. But I promise that joining the choir or the newspaper will make your life feel fuller. And if you’re really lucky and involved with things that pair perfectly with your passions, you may just find it hard to leave Pierce when the time finally comes.