Getting involved through campus


Lina Al-Chaar and fellow club members at the Vicenna Community Health Center booth at last year’s Quad Day.

By Victoria Snell

When it comes to getting involved on a large campus, it could be difficult to figure out where to start or look. Take a look at these outlets for inspiration.

Registered Student Organizations (RSOs)

Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) are a great way to channel your interests both inside and outside of your major and meet others who share your passions. With over 1,000 RSOs, it seems impossible to find one that won’t spark your interests. In the event that you don’t find the perfect organization for you, students are encouraged to start their own organizations. With thousands of students on campus, it’s more than likely that you will be able to recruit others with the same interests.

Fraternities & Sororities

Joining Greek life will not only help you get involved, but also make friendships that will last a lifetime. Becoming a part of a fraternity or sorority offers positions in leadership, networking opportunities, and the chance to participate in community service. Living with your fellow brothers or sisters is encouraged in order to fully experience life on campus.

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Another way to get involved at U of I is to simply look up campus events. The Illini Union’s website posts daily events that are going on around campus. Participate in sporting events, arts & culture, motivational speeches, and even celebrity appearances.

Volunteer Work

Feeling charitable? The University offers many opportunities to volunteer. The Office of Volunteer Programs provides workshops and connects students with people and opportunities to get involved with the community, some of which offer the chance to travel outside of the state and even country. If you’re interested in volunteer projects, sign up for the Office’s mailing list.

Jobs & Internships

If you’re looking for professional, or even personal growth, seeking a job or internship on campus may be a good way to get involved during the school year. Taking a visit to the Career Center will go a long way, as they provide plenty of workshops and feedback in subjects ranging from resume building to interviewing. Obtaining a job or internship will open doors to future opportunities, as well as build your network of contacts.

Study Abroad

Build bonds with fellow classmates by traveling around the world with them. Studying abroad can offer a new perspective, pose interesting challenges, and teach in a way that wouldn’t be achievable on campus. There are a variety of opportunities for programs throughout the globe.


Looking for an opportunity to spend quality time with friends, meet new people, and stay in shape? The University’s Campus Recreation offers a variety of intramurals sports for each season. In addition, there are numerous other programs and activities to join at U of I’s two campus recreation centers including aquatics, rock climbing, healthy cooking programs, ice skating, and more.

Victoria is a senior in Media

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