College life is more than attending classes and getting good grades. A well-rounded university lifestyle -- including involvement in student organizations and programs, clubs, sports and events -- makes the experience a memorable and successful time.
The Center for Campus Involvement (CCI) is the hub for student activities at the University of Michigan. According to CCI representatives, students who are involved on campus tend to have better grades, retention and graduation rates and have a more enjoyable college experience overall.
"It's how students can create their own community or home away from home. They find their place here," explains Kristie Filipchuk, Student Involvement Advisor. "Students also learn to manage their time, and focus their energies, when they are involved. It is also a good resume builder. Employers look at how involved students are and at their extracurriculars while they are on campus."
CCI implements over 300 co-curricular programs each year, including, cultural and educational programs, films, art exhibits, UMix Late Night, athletic/spirit activities and various performance groups and concerts. In addition, CCI supports the 1500 student organizations on campus.
Filipchuk says the first step to getting involved is to register on Maize Pages. Maize Pages, designed to help student organization leaders manage their group, is a complete location finder for the 1500 students orgs on campus.
Exploring campus on the first days at U-M, as well as following U-M social media is also a great way "to see what’s here and what looks interesting," Filipchuk says. "Students should check out U-M Social to find a complete list of Facebook, SnapChat, Instagram and Twitter pages to follow."
The key, she says, is to take the time to find activities or a group that spark interest -- or two, or three or four…
"Being involved in campus life is engaging and fun. And, with 1500 orgs alone, there is something to interest everyone."
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