By Sara Coons
Every day, rooms all over campus fill with students of different organizations to discuss topics they feel are of high importance. They spend their time discussing events they’re going to host, events they might participate in, membership and other acts of business.
Whether it’s a governmental organization, interest group, a group united by amajor or department, a religious group, club sport, Greek group or one that participates through a residential hall, there is a place for everyone at Eastern.
I can understand someone having a busy schedule and not feeling as though they can handle another thing on their workload. I can even accept if someone who chooses to just not be involved. Maybe it just doesn’t pique their interest.
However, I can’t stomach it when someone sits and complains about areas they think need to be changed, or when someone says there is nothing to do on this campus, but do nothing about it.
People that just don’t know how to get involved is understandable, but they could ask one of the many people that are at tables on Powell corner every day, or even go talk to the Office of Student Life and that would help anyone get involved in one of the Registered Student Organizations.
There are well over 100 different organizations for students to join, or even run. There are organizations for almost everything, from fighting against cancer to managing money, paralegal associations to student government, numerous religious groups and so many others.
And if a student absolutely cannot find an organization they feel they could be a part of, Eastern allows students to start their own student organization.
To me, being involved has become second nature.
Since the beginning of high school, I’ve always wanted to get involved in the areas I am most passionate about.
I’d never get involved just for a title or just to say I am in a group, but if it’s something I’m passionate about then I know I can make a great difference.
Many people will try to argue that there is no way in college to be involved, get good grades and still have a social life.
However the people I know that are extremely involved are probably some of the most social people I know. They’re in groups they’re extremely passionate about and, in turn, meet people that have the same passions and instantly have a common thing to talk about.
I would never try to force anyone to get involved because to some people it’s just not their thing.
Maybe they have no interest in what is going on around them and are just a “go with the swing of things” kind of person.
But I’d also never want someone to say there is nothing to do or just sit and complain about the way things are without trying to make a difference.
One thing I have noticed about Eastern by being extremely involved myself is that the administration really does care about the students’ opinions and wants to see students succeed.
I would be the first to help anyone find an activity or group that they feel they can greatly be a part of and can feel certain that they will fit in.