When first-year students get to their college for the first time, many are overwhelmed by numerous aspects—one likely being the amount of diversity on campus. Students may lose sight of fully taking in the diversity of their school to its full potential, whether it's getting to know a lot of people with different, diverse backgrounds or joining a club to learn more about a culture or ethnic group. Here are six easy ways to make sure you're getting the fullest experience of diversity on your campus.
1. Join a club
It's as simple as that—join any club or organization your school offers that sparks your interest. This will allow you to learn a lot about different people, teacher advisors, faculty, and so on. It doesn’t mean you have to join a club specifically targeted toward a certain group, such as organizations focused on certain ethnic, racial, or cultural backgrounds. Even joining a club as simple as the equestrian club or working on a theater show will allow you to meet such different people from diverse backgrounds.
2. Take a class you wouldn’t normally take
Aside from the basic science, math, history, and writing classes you may be required to take at college, take courses outside your general education requirements or your major. You’ll learn so much more about the world that you may not have known beforehand. Take a cool religion class that’s different from your own worship, or take a sociology class about sexuality. Schools offer hundreds or even thousands of different courses, and these interesting, insightful classes are always at your disposal!
3. Take a language course
This falls somewhat under the point above, but if you have the opportunity to take a foreign language in college, do it! Whether it’s a more popular language like Spanish or French or something a little more unique like Chinese or Greek, you won’t just learn the language—you’ll learn about the country and its culture as well. And, as always, you’ll meet new people!
4. Explore your college town or city
No matter the setting, you should get to know the town or city your college or university is in. Go to museums (most have student discounts!), walk around, and learn about the history of the school. You’ll learn new things about where you'll (most likely) be spending the next four years of your life and learning about local history and culture at the same time.
5. Get to know your professors
Professors at colleges and universities come from all over the country and world. Getting to know your professors will not only help you learn a lot about them and their backgrounds, ideas, etc., but it will give them a chance to learn about you too! Professors love getting to know their students, so take time to visit them outside the classroom.
6. Attend events on campus
Like exploring your college town or city, it’s important to take part in the different events that occur on campus, whether they’re educational, cultural, religious, etc. From guest lecturers to movie screenings to seminars, events and topics vary widely and help educate you on different matters. Schools obviously want to make your educational experience the best it can be, and planning these events only helps with that. Check your school’s website to find their calendar and see what fun and enlightening events they have planned for the student body!
You don't want to miss out on something as great as the diverse people, activities, clubs, food, ideas, and more at college. So get out there, learn as much as you can, and embrace the new people and experiences on your campus. You won't regret it!
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