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Finding the Group for You

Social life and good friends are an important part of a successful college experience, and many worthwhile groups offer fun, involvement, acceptance by peers, self improvement and the opportunity to make a positive difference. Any active student involved in student groups or volunteering in the community can attest to the learning acquired and the satisfaction experienced through involvement. By combining the skills you develop through student organization involvement and the knowledge gained in the classroom, you will be much better prepared for life after college. Whether you wish to explore a new activity, widen your circle of friends or promote a cause, there is a student organization at San Diego State University to suit your needs.

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Here are some things to consider:

Begin with what's important to you.
Ask yourself...

Use the Resources available to you.

What Types of Groups are there?

SDSU has many student organization categories

Getting Started: Questions to Ask When Joining an Organization

photo of Samahan membersRemember that student organizations want new members and are very eager to answer your questions and explain their activities and purposes. Most groups have some sort of "get acquainted" meeting at the beginning of each term. These are open to any interested student. It's a chance for you to get more information and for the group to learn of your interest.

If you miss the initial informational meeting or learn about a group during the year, get in touch with a contact person and ask when the next meeting is. Organization contacts are listed on the website mentioned on the first page of this handout. Some organizations, such as honors societies, fraternities, sororities, etc. have selected memberships, so be sure to find out the particular requirements in these cases. If you find an organization that seems to be a good fit, join.

Once you've joined, introduce yourself to people, ask questions, express ideas and volunteer your time and energy. You'll feel like a real member of the group when you are a contributing member.

Benefits of Involvement in a Student Organization

Need more help deciding on a group? Come visit us in Student Life and Leadership, in Student Services West, room 1661. We look forward to meeting you!