When a new semester begins at Rutgers University, a student may get a little overwhelmed because the Involvement Fair is held before classes begin. If this is your first semester at Rutgers or if this is your first time actually trying to get involved, have no fear! Here is a guide to help you approach the organizations that are right for you.
- To be Greek or not to be Greek?
One of the many choices that a college student faces is whether or not to join Greek life. At Rutgers, there are various fraternities and sororities to choose from, and it can be a little startling. This is what you need to know: There are four kinds of Greek organizations that you can join: social, cultural and multicultural, service or professional, and honors-based. Do you want to immerse yourself in the social scene? Want to get in touch with your culture and share it with others? Do you like serving others or working to reach your professional goals? Would you like to be recognized for your academic achievements? These are the questions you should ask yourself before approaching the Greek arena on College Avenue. For a list of the Greek organizations at Rutgers, to research beforehand (which is what we recommend) click here: Rutgers Greek Life .
- Hidden talent?
Here at Rutgers, we have a ton of students that have talents that they showcase either on stage or on the dance floor. Do you like participating in spoken word? Do you enjoy having jam sessions in your room? Tend to take a ton of pictures with that sweet DSLR or your phone? Have you acted in front of your mirror but wish you could get more involved in theater? Even if you’re not sure if you really have a talent, check these organizations out. You may find your hidden talent while at college! (A few organizations include: Photography club, Cabaret Theatre, Deep Treble, Rutgers Belly Dance Troupe, and much more!)
- Tradition, tradition, and more tradition.
Rutgers University takes pride in its diverse student body. No matter where you are, what classes you take, or what events you go to, you will find someone that shares in your culture, religion, and/or family tradition(s). If you want to meet other people to share all of this with, I encourage you to approach the religious and cultural organizations. (A few organizations include: Catholic Student Association, RU Bhangra, Hebrew Club, and many others!)
- Seeking justice or a chance to take action?
It’s the twenty-first century and some of us have become passionate about the history we learned while in high school, as well as the social issues that remain relevant today. Some of us want to be lawyers, activists, or political leaders. We want to keep making history and take a stand for justice. Rutgers has plenty of organizations that help students take that stand. Even if you might not want to base your career in political or public issues, but you are interested in learning about what issues are out there that you should know about, I encourage you to attend a meeting or two. You may find out what political party you want to be a part of, if any. (Some organizations include: Black Student Union, RUBY, HeForShe, GlobeMed, GOYA, and many more!)
- Prepare for your career.
Do you want to get a head start and start networking for your career after college? Interested in internship opportunities? Check out the professional organizations that Rutgers has to offer. This is a great option if you want to start filling up your resume early and impress your future employer. (PRSSA, FHA, Health Occupations Students of America, and many more!)
Attending the Involvement Fair can be intimidating but, hopefully, this has helped you narrow down your search. We want all Rutgers students to enjoy their time here and find their niche. What’s so great about Rutgers is that you will find a support system and friends to share your interests with. Go make new friends Scarlet Knights!