“Get involved early and often! You never know what opportunities are out there if you don’t make the effort to experience UWM to the fullest.” –Brianna Quade, Senior.
“Joining a student organization is a great way to meet new people, network and even travel!” –Jess Yester, Junior.
Join one of 300+ student organizations
Some folks suggest that college is a time to take some risks, try new things, stretch your boundaries, and explore something out of the ordinary. Others might argue that you should get serious, buckle down, and really build your resume. How about if you do a little bit of both at the same time? There are few things that you can do in college that are better at helping you get connected to good friends and cool opportunities faster than joining a student organization [http://www4.uwm.edu/sao/involvement/orgs.cfm], all while preparing for the future!
• Being a member of an org [http://www4.uwm.edu/sao/involvement/index.cfm] can be an important step in connecting to new friends, exploring career options, engaging in professional or personal development, or even competing in a competitive sport or competition. Not sure how to choose a major or career? Check out a professional organization to learn more about a career before you commit. Miss being involved in competitive athletics? No worries, we have club sports, recreation groups, and intramurals for every talent level. If you want to sail, sing, get political, write creatively, dance, be a journalist, build a habitat home, or explore your spiritual or religious side there is a group for you. • Wait a minute! It’s Greek Life [http://www4.uwm.edu/sao/involvement/Greek_Life.cfm] that you are interested in? Well, we have fraternities and sororities galore. Greek organizations are founded on the principals of leadership, service, philanthropy, lifelong learning, and brotherhood/sisterhood and provide a great structure to get the most from your time at UWM. To learn more, stop by the Student Involvement Fair or Greek 101 during Fall Welcome to meet some current members. • Still haven’t found something that excites you yet? What about planning large-scale campus events? Want to book comedians, artists, big-time thinkers and speakers, or up-and=coming musicians? The Campus Activities Board (or CAB for short) is a new student group that is working to bring talent to UWM and YOU have the opportunity to join the team and get a back-stage view while learning the ins and out of the entertainment industry. • Ok, so, we admit that picking one or two of the 300+ student organizations can be overwhelming. If you aren’t sure where to start we suggest wandering into the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) [http://involvement.uwm.edu/] in Union 363, friending UWMCSI on Facebook, emailing (firstname.lastname@example.org), or even calling 414-229-5780. Feeling shy? You can search for options using PantherSync [http://uwm.orgsync.com/uwmorgs], the online home of all of UWM’s student orgs. Be a joiner. Go ahead, check out PantherSync [http://www4.uwm.edu/sao/panthersync/portal/], make a friend, build your resume, have fun, learn cool stuff, do good things in your community, lead, grow, smile, and most of all, leave your mark [http://www4.uwm.edu/grads/#uwmgrad].