At Messiah College, we value student involvement in the cocurriculum because we know that it helps students to adjust to academic life, encourages students to develop relationships with others, and it increases leadership skills, organizational skills and self-esteem. In addition, we know that students who are involved are more likely to earn better grades, graduate from college and have greater success in landing a job, and/or gaining admission to graduate school.
There are many options for you to pursue at Messiah College, we have listed numerous links on this page, and we encourage you to explore the many options we provide. With the many options we provide, it is often difficult for students to make a decision about where to spend their time. While we want students to be involved, our hope is that this involvement is purposeful.
Tips for Choosing Where to be Involved
Choose Opportunities That Interest You.
Some students are tempted to choose an involvement opportunity simply because it is what their friend(s) are doing. While participating with friends is fun, make sure you chose to get involved with activities that appeal to you. This way, you will get the most benefit from your involvement.
Do Not Be Afraid To Try Something New.
If you have never done something before, do not be afraid to try something new. Part of the fun of involvement is trying new things.
Find A Balance.
Do not neglect your academics or your health. Keeping a planner and having friends who can hold you accountable to taking time for rest, exercise and academic pursuits can help you in living a balanced life.
Do Not Take On New Activities All At Once.
Start slow and add activities as you get comfortable with your schedule. Taking on too much at one time can lead to burn out.
Consult With Others.
It is often a good idea to talk to someone regarding your interests and long and short-term goals and to get feedback about options. You may want to contact your academic advisor, mentor, residence hall director, coach, etc.