The beginning of the semester is here. And that means the Activities Fair is upon us!! It is tomorrow, Wednesday (August 31). From 10 am to 2pm.
The Activities Fair is an event held every semester that has representatives from many student organizations telling students what their organization does. Imagine the activities fair during orientation…just bigger.
The Activities fair will be outside the University Center and there will be live music, some organizations might give out food, and you will see really great organizations.
The Activities Fair is a great opportunity to meet new people and get information about different organizations. You probably have heard it hundreds of times by now, but we say it so often because it is true: Get involved on campus!!! And a great way to get involved is by joining student organizations.
The organizations around campus cover multiple interest. There are sororities, fraternities, major specific clubs, honors organizations, clubs for special interest (there is a club for Anime), and sports clubs. So if you think that there are no clubs for you…I think you are wrong. But if you do not see an organization you like at the fair make sure you go to mavorgs. Mavorgs is basically a website that lists all of the organizations on campus, including some that are not at the fair. The site will have the contact information of the officers of the club, so you can email them and ask how to join. You can also start your own organization.
We will also be at the activities fair. So be sure to stop by and say hi! (yes, I am a poet).
Pro-tip: at lunch hour it will be incredibly busy!! So be sure to keep that in mind when going to the fair or going to lunch.
Well classes are about to start, but before that mess be sure to be properly welcomed to the university by attending MavsMeet Convocation and After Party on Tuesday, August 24 and Success U on Wednesday, August 24.
MavsMeet New Student Convocation and After Party
On August 23, MavsMeet Convocation and After Party will happen in the College Park Center. The Convocation will have people throughout the University to be officially welcomed to the University. There will be great speakers, music, and dancing. But after Convocation there will be an after party on the The Green at College Park. There will be live music, (some more) free food, and games. You don’t have to sign up for it but it is a fun event and I hope to see you there!
For more information about MavsMeet go here.
Success U is an awesome event that is designed to welcome all new students. And as Transfer students Success U has some sessions designed specifically for you! In these sessions you will talk with different professors (from your major or around the University), you will meet other transfer students from your major, and a couple other sessions designed to help you have “success” at the University (see what I did there). For more information check out the Success U page! Check in will start at 8am and the event starts at 9.
Did I mention that you will get a free T-Shirt and Lunch just for attending!! There is also going to be a bunch of give aways during each session (I have heard about some of the give aways and they are nice!).
You can register for Success U here or you can register the day of.
One 0f the most important aspects of college is networking and making connections with individuals that can not only help you with your career but make friendships that will last for years. Transfer students (myself included) are at a disadvantage in networking and making connections, because of the little time we will spend at UTA. But these connections are important and I have a couple of tips to help you network.
Join an organization: This is a common tip for success in college but it is useful. When you join a student organization or club you will create relationships with the members. Also, you will create a relationship with the faculty mentor. With this relationship faculty mentors are more than happy to give you advice about your career and write letters of recommendations. In my experience faculty mentors are more than willing to write letters of recommendations for me. There are many organizations on campus and I am sure there is one organization that will meet your interest. The website mavorgs (you can search for it on the UTA home page) has a list of all the organizations on campus.
Get an on campus job: Another way I have made connections is through my on campus job(s). I have two jobs on campus and have worked for the university for more than a year now. Today, I am comfortable enough with them that I know I can ask and (have asked) for letters of recommendation. In order to find and apply for jobs on campus you will have to log in to snapjobs.
Forge a relationship with Professors: This maybe the most important way to network in college. Your professors will not only help you with letters of recommendation but they can also help you find you jobs, internships, and can help you improve your resume. The way I have created relationships is being an active student in class. I ask questions (sometimes after class), talk about the assignment, and visit them during their office hours for help. When the professor sees that you will care they will help you in the future. Also, some students have this fear of talking to professors (I know I sure did) and I am here to tell you it is unwarranted. Most professors (all professors from my experience) want to help you succeed. So they will not only help you with your class work but also your future.
These are some of the tips I know that can help you network and create connections on campus. How do you network? comment below.