By Jezel Tracey ’24
Many times, we determine our ability to do something by the amount of time that we “have left.” Thinking about the four years we have at Providence College is intimidating. Whether it is your first year or your last, the opportunity to be a part of clubs and organizations is still available for you!
Oftentimes, the growth that happens in college appears to only refer to academic and intellectual development. However, the personal development that also takes place plays a vital role within that growth.
As you search for the answers to your discussion questions, you are also subconsciously searching for the answers to your life and the meaning that you connect to it. From the study habits that fit your learning style to your daily existential crises, most of your college career is centered around who you are now and the person you want to become.
It is through forming habits that are not solely academic that this transition begins. In fact, some PC students join organizations to guarantee that their college experience is not centered around doing work and is more about meeting new people. These opportunities can extend far beyond the classroom, including delivering food with Friar Food Rescue or trying new tricks in Club Figure Skating.
When it comes to self growth, it does not matter when you start, but rather where you start. Involving yourself in organizations on campus helps you come closer to taking the first step in cultivating that journey of self-discovery. Although this process is focused on the self, the role that others play is equally, if not more, important.
In this case, clubs and organizations on campus would be considered as the “others” in your personal development. While they do require time and commitment, student organizations provide an outlet in that search for “self.” By becoming a part of these, you will surround yourself with people who have similar interests and motivations.
Generally, through these relationships is how you learn about yourself and the things that will shape you into who you want to become. Yolanda Lewis ’24 mentions that her main motivation in joining the debate club is because of her pursuit in the career of law and how it will “familiarize her with the environment” of which she is seeking to become a part.
Of course, it is not always easy to know specifically what you like. There will be some things that you are not comfortable with, and this is okay because it will help you to learn about the things that you both like and dislike.
When you become ready to cultivate yourself, it does not matter whether time has been wasted or you feel rushed to do so. In fact, it will never feel like the right time to grow. This is why it is very beneficial for you to become involved in anything that you might have a slight interest in.
It is evident in the Involvement Fair that all clubs and organizations at PC are excited to help students cultivate their personality outside of the classroom. There are a plethora of ways to be connected to such outlets. One way is through the Involvement Fairs hosted at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. If you miss any of these, connecting with people that you know that are in the organization is another way you can join. It is never too late, nor is it too early to grow into the person you desire to be. Taking interest in the outlets provided for you is the first step in your personal development journey!