I was just like any other kid when they started looking into colleges. I was nervous, I didn’t know if I should believe what everyone was saying and I wasn’t sure if I would even like where I decided to go. From the moment you are even told about college, you are bombarded with information. It can range from faculty to the campus map or from classes to take to clubs to join. Now I may not be like the typical student that did student council in high school or was super involved in the French club or choir or band. I was the kid that had one really good friend to hang out with and who worked 30+ hours a week in while in school. I thought this was enough but somewhere deep down I knew I was missing out on something.
Being someone who does the bare minimum wasn’t working out for me. I wanted to go on class trips or volunteer at the food shelf. Everyone always made it look like it was so much fun. That’s when I decided college was going to be different. I wanted to be a part of more than just a typical college part time job and thankfully I was forced to.
AGRI 189. Pretty much any freshman (who hadn’t brought in credits from high school) had to take this class. It was almost like NDSUs personal college for dummies book. My teacher was Loren Baranko and if anyone knows her, she will make sure you have fun in her class. One of our assignments was to go to the fall organization fair that happens outside the union. This fair showcases the clubs NDSU has to offer and helps students basically find their “in” on campus. Now I had never really seen myself as a sorority girl. I thought had maybe participating in Greek life but then a new opportunity presented itself to me, Sigma Alpha, Sisters in Agriculture. I thought what a perfect fit and it has proven to be one of the best decisions I have made.
I have been involved in other activities like Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, ND Collegiate Farm Bureau, and Saddle and Sirloin. All of these clubs have helped me enjoy my college career so much more but it hasn’t come without some struggle. Like I mentioned I wasn’t an active student in high school other than working so I decided to make up for it in college. While yes I have enjoyed all of these organizations I realized I am not Wonder Woman. I have to learn to prioritize and say no when I know that school needs to be a priority.
That being said I would never want to discourage anyone coming to college from join an organization or two, I only want to advise that you definitely learn or already possess time management skills. Joining these organizations have only helped me and given me the greatest experiences I could have asked for!