Get involved: Activities, Student Clubs, Volunteer Opportunities at SWOSU and the Weatherford Area
There are many ways to learn at SWOSU. Of course we pride ourselves on the excellent academic and career opportunities that we provide to our students, but we also believe students, professors, staff and the broader community are part of a larger SWOSU family – and there are a lot of great opportunities to learn from that extended family. Here are just a few reasons why we believe getting involved in campus organizations or taking advantage of community volunteer opportunities will be worth it.
Some may worry that getting involved in activities or organizations on or off campus will distract them from their academic pursuits rather than enhance their academics. We won’t ask you to pawn off your books and take a break from studying, but do consider all the benefits:
Connect to SWOSU and the community:
College is full of opportunities, but the responsibility is on the student to seek them out. Being involved helps you to do that. Be it an internship that gives you valuable training before you graduate, joining a student organization, or helping the less fortunate through a community non-profit service organization, getting involved connects you to school resources, lets you get to know new people and helps you learn important skills.
By helping with a community event or serving your peers through a student organization, volunteers help build community and make Weatherford a better place to live. You could build a home with Habitat for Humanity, or tutor a younger student at a local school. You get to know your fellow community members, and a volunteer opportunity may lead you to meet your future employer, mentor or simply a person that will make a huge impact on your life. Make SWOSU and Weatherford the place you want it to be and leave your imprint on the community when you graduate.
Connected to Campus Resources:
Getting involved on campus connects you with students and advisors who have a knowledge base of academic programs as well as student services at SWOSU and can give you the extra help you may need. They have gone through the same situations you’re facing, and they have relationships with tutors, mentors, academic counselors, financial aid, career advisor and many others.
Discover your passions and strengths:
“Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses.” Marilyn vos Savant
College is the perfect time to discover your strengths, and what better way than through trying new things? It’s that simple. You may discover a new career path by participating in clubs or organizations that will lead you in new directions.
Learn to deal with all kinds of people:
As a volunteer or member of a student organization, you will not only spend time with other types of students, but you will also learn how to gracefully navigate difficult people and sticky situations. In addition, extracurricular activities may put you in closer contact with faculty members, administrators, or members of the outside community. And you will learn that we all people just the same.
Engaged students do better overall:
Research suggests that students who are involved in student organizations and campus activities have a better GPA, graduate sooner and have a better college experience overall. (Of course, that may vary from student to another.) Being involved will require some organization and time management on the part of the student—and that's a good thing.
Freshman year is not too soon to begin thinking about positioning yourself for future opportunities. Let’s face it: you are not the only one who figured that out. To set yourself apart, it helps to have your résumé show that you have an interest in your community, can follow through on commitments, and have experience volunteering or taking on responsibility within a campus organization. If you need more help and direction, you can always talk to career services at SWOSU.
Don’t miss out on the once-in-a-lifetime college experience:
These days you can graduate online without ever setting a foot in a classroom, return to school as a non-traditional student mid-career or pursue alternative routes of education. However, most students don’t recall classes or even all their teachers a few decades down the road; they remember the college experience. Have fun and explore all the different activities and programs offered on campus. It is easy to get involved and have a lasting impact on our campus.