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Get Involved!

Are you tired of sitting in bed watching reruns of Friends every night? I understand if you say no. However, if you said yes, this is the article for you! It is time for you to get up and get involved. I know, I know, it’s scary to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Well, it is time to do some pushing, and you won’t regret it!

“You need to start conversations with the people there.”

Last year, when I was a freshman in University 100, I was required to go to the club fair and get signatures from different tables. Ugh. My worst nightmare: socializing. I went from table to table, becoming more and more awkward by the second. That is until I came across a table for a Christian sorority, Sigma Alpha Omega (SAO). Suddenly, the awkward went away. I knew at that moment that I needed to join this group. Flash-forward two semesters later, and here I am with the best friends a girl could ask for and involved in things I love and take pride in! Being a sister in SAO also got me involved in other groups, like the Radford University Chi Alpha campus ministry.

Alright, so that’s great and all, but now let’s talk about how you can get involved.  This is the uncomfortable part, but trust me when I say that once you find that group, it is worth every awkward moment. Talk! You need to talk to the groups that have tables out on the Bonnie Plaza. Ask them how they got started in the club and see how that club has shaped their lives. They will be glad to answer. Ask to be added to their email list. A lot of clubs have email lists to inform their members about what events are happening and when there will be meetings.

The next step is going to those meetings. What was the point of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone if you don’t show up? When I say go to the meetings, I don’t mean get there right before it starts and slip out the back as soon as it ends. You need to start conversations with the people there. When I started going to SAO events, I asked a couple girls to go to a football game with me. Today, they are my best friends. You never know what starting a conversation will lead to.

Now here is some homework for you. Next time you see a club table that piques your interest, don’t just walk by. Engage in a conversation with them. You never know where a small conversation will lead. It might just change your life.

Get involved– I swear it’s worth it

Do you ever have downtime after doing homework, but all of your friends are busy? Have you ever marathoned a show on Netflix that was just okay simply because you had nothing else to do?

You should get involved in something on campus– that’s what I did.

One day while marathoning an okay-ish show alone in my dorm, I felt a little hungry. Naturally, I was a little to lazy to walk to Dalton or The Bonnie for real food, so I headed over to the vending machines down the hall from my room to spend the oh-so-magical vending dollars provided in my meal plan.

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“You should get involved in something on campus. That’s what I did.”

If this hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t be writing this now, because I wouldn’t have seen the flyer advertising the need for section manager and writers for Whim. I wouldn’t have emailed the Editor-in-Chief, and I wouldn’t have received the job of Life Section Manager that would set me on my future career path.

When I came to college, I was a psychology major who had a very vague vision of my future career. I honestly didn’t know what I wanted to do, but did know that I like the classes I had to take for my major.

Flash forward to me working for Whim, and all of that fuzziness faded away.

I could see myself as a writer for a newspaper or online magazine. I liked writing—even better, I was good at it. I had never felt this incredible feeling of belonging before I had graced the doorway of the Student Media Office Freshman year.

Now before I get side-tracked with my reminiscing, I’m not saying that in order to be happy, you have to join student media. It’s not everyone’s thing, and not everyone enjoys it the way I do. That’s totally okay.

What I’m suggesting is that you take time out of your probably not-so-busy day to scour the bulletin boards around campus and find something you may be interested in. Go to interest meetings, and try out clubs and organizations. You never know what might lead you to find out what you were put on this earth to do.

After all, there’s a difference in this world only you can make. Why would you delay finding out what that is?

7 Reasons you should drop what you’re doing and join Student Media

1.) It’s a resume-builder

Many students, especially journalism ones, seem to assume that the portfolio they made in class is sufficient when it comes time to search for a job after college. This is not true in any sense. Hiring Managers look for someone who has shown initiative and has real experience, not someone whose only writing samples were birthed in Newswriting 101. Working for Student Media can give you these greatly needed samples.

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2.) You get real life experience.

The hierarchy of Student Media is set to mimic the hierarchy of a real newspaper. You’ll have an Editor-in-Chief and a few other Editors above you to bug if you have any questions. There are real-life scenarios reenacted on the daily too, like the one where some random person sets the dumpster on fire outside the student media building, forcing you to choose who to call … the Assistant Director for Student Media or the ghost busters?

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3.) Any and all majors are accepted.

Two of the best Editors-in-Chief I’ve ever met were a chemistry major and an education major. Everyone is welcome in Student Media. (Even Grad students!)

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4.) You have a guaranteed quiet place to work when the library is full.

Okay, so maybe it’s not guaranteed to be quiet at all hours, but it is an uncrowded space with a Mac lab and a printer.

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5.) You have nights you’ll never forget

If you haven’t been present while Highlander Rolls were accidently delivered to the Student Media office on your birthday, then you haven’t lived! The family atmosphere of Student Media fosters great relationships and a real sense of belonging.


6.) You have opportunities to advance.

When you start a job, are you the type of person who is constantly looking for advancement opportunities? Well look no further— Student Media is the right place for you! Within your college career, you can easily start from the bottom as a writer and end up here as Editor-in-Chief.

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7.) You can write to tell the truth… Or just have fun

One thing that few people realize when they’re considering becoming involved with Student Media is the variety of jobs available. If you’re a good artist, we are always looking for artwork to showcase. If photography is more your shtick, we need photographers too. Each publication has its own writing style, too. Do you like writing short stories and/or poems? You belong with Exit 109, our literary magazine. Have you always wanted to write a listicle with the hope that it will go viral? Whim’s your oyster, my friend. Of course, for the Luke Danes of the world, seething articles about how dumb people can be are always accepted as well.

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Open letter to the class of 2018

This is what you’ve waited your whole life for: college. You’ve dreamt about it. You’ve watched countless movies portraying the stereotypical “college experience.” But you don’t know what it’s really like until you’ve set foot on campus, spent the first night in a residence hall, eaten at Dalton, and attended your first college class. From one Highlander to another, here are some tips to help you navigate through your first year of college.

Know where the resources are and when to use them. Every student pays for college. That chunk of change not only goes toward paying your professors to teach to you, but it also pays for the almost unlimited resources that are free to students. There’s the counseling center, which can help you get though the tough transition to college. The Learning Assistance and Resource Center can help you get that “A” on your next CORE paper. Are you still unsure of what to major in? Check out career services in Walker Hall. There are almost too many to name, so check out the website for a full list.

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“Make all different kinds of friends. Make friends that want to party on a Friday but also make friends you can study with in Young.” Photo from: Radford University

As you’ve likely already realized, college is a lot of fun, but it’s a lot of work too. In order to help you get those good grades you need to put your classes first. Get to know your professors; they are willing to help you. They’re required to hold office hours just to benefit their students and to help them succeed. Go to every class. At the end of the semester, attendance and participation can help you go from that “B” to the “A.” Actually participate in class. Ask questions even if you think it’s a “stupid question.” It’s better to raise your hand and ask than to miss a question on the test.

Make friends in your classes. They’ll come in handy when you’re up late studying. Don’t wait until the last minute to study. Start looking over your notes a couple days before the test. At the very least, look at them before the last class before the test. That way you can ask the professor to clarify a topic you’re unsure about. Make it a habit to do your homework when you get it, not five minutes before the assignment is due. Set up a schedule. Work on schoolwork throughout the day, between classes, and until around five p.m. That way you can take the rest of the night off and have time to hang out with your friends.

Make all different kinds of friends. Make friends that want to party on a Friday but also make friends you can study with in Young. Having a variety of friends will mean you’ll never get bored of hanging out with the same people. Get involved on campus. Find something you’re passionate about; you’ll find people that like the same things as you do. Take chances. Don’t just stay in your room every weekend; but on the other hand, don’t party all the time either. Make sure you make time for your friends but learn to balance a social life and a school life. Go to events on campus. If you go and don’t like it, at least you’ll get free food. On the other hand, don’t just stay on campus. I’m sure you have heard of the numerous things to do in the city of Radford. Explore some. Hike the cascades, walk down to Bisset, or float down the New River.

Whatever you do, be sure to make it a memorable year. The first year of college is one you’ll never forget. Make sure when you look back on your college experience that you can say that you’ve had the time of your life.

Otakudon: 5 reasons you should try out RU’s anime club

Did you know RU has an anime club?

Not many people do. It’s not widely advertised. That’s a pretty sad thing, because the Otakudon (or the “anime fan dojo”) is actually a pretty awesome club, if you’re into anime, or even if you aren’t. Here are five reasons you should try it out that have nothing to do with anime.

1.) You can get tons of volunteer hours by getting involved with the anime club.

How can you get volunteer hours from an anime club, you ask? The anime club participates in a lot of cultural events, like the Fair of Nations and the International Banquet. They do qualify for volunteer credit, depending on what you’re doing. You can contact the Anime Club’s sponsor for information about individual events. Continue reading Otakudon: 5 reasons you should try out RU’s anime club