As a senior at JMU, I’m already starting to reflect on my college experience. I’ve just recently realized that what has really made my college experience remarkable is getting involved. At first, you might think that there’s not much to be gained from joining a club or organization. But, with Student Org Night coming up this Friday, I’m going to tell you why I feel that getting involved is so important.
I’m currently on the executive board of two organizations—Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and Madison Dance Club (MDC). Being that I am a communication studies major with a concentration in Public Relations, PRSSA is the perfect fit for me. I also joined MDC because I have danced for 17 years and it has become one of my passions. Both MDC and PRSSA have benefited me immensely.
Being a member of PRSSA has enriched my academic experience. Granted, we have a great public relations program here at JMU, but there’s always more to learn.
Through PRSSA I have had the opportunity to travel the country and attend National Conferences, which are not only excellent opportunities to build a professional network, but they have also introduced me to, what I believe, are life long friends.
On the other hand, MDC offers an outlet for me to continue dancing at college. I grew up dancing competitively and wanted to continue in college because it’s played such a prominent role in my life. MDC offers five teams within the group, including contemporary, jazz, street, hip-hop, and tap. I have been on contemporary, jazz, and street for the past two years. This year I am serving as Contemporary Head Choreographer on the MDC executive board.
MDC has benefited me physically, socially, and creatively. Dance, of course, is a physical activity. So if I’m not able to squeeze in a workout, I won’t worry too much, because I have practice. I have also met some of my best friends at MDC; I truly cannot picture my time here at JMU without them. Lastly, MDC has helped me to broaden my creative horizons.
So, while PRSSA and MDC best fit my interests; know that there is an organization for just about everything and everyone at JMU. It’s never too late to try something new. JMU has over 300 clubs and organizations; so whether you’re a freshman looking to get involved, or a senior looking to have a little fun your last year, there are plenty of ways to get involved! Remember to choose an organization that will enrich your college experience. And, while you’re at it, leave your mark on Madison.