When I transferred to Seton Hall University last fall from a community college in California, I was a little apprehensive. I knew I would miss my family and friends back home and our spur-of-the- moment trips to Las Vegas. Not only that, but I would be moving to the other side of the United States, alone.
However, I craved to be in a new environment. I wanted to experience something different and unlike my everyday routine. I felt the urge to attend a school somewhere that did not mirror my hometown, so I chose to move to New Jersey and attend Seton Hall.
At first, I found it a little hard to adjust. The weather was totally unlike what I was used to and honestly, I was a little homesick. I felt lost not knowing anyone on campus.
However, by getting involved this semester, contributing my time and energy to clubs and taking on leadership roles, I found that there is no time for homesickness. I truly feel like I have found my place at Seton Hall.
This semester, I have two executive positions, one as a marketing manager for The Setonian and the other as a co-firm director of the Public Relations Student Society of America. I knew that undertaking such responsibilities would be a challenge, but I was definitely up for it.
Back in California, I never thought that I would be so involved, but I can honestly say getting involved on campus was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
One of the most exciting things I get to do this year is marketing for The Setonian. That includes generating awareness about events specifically having to do with the newspaper. As of right now, I am finishing up plans for Free Speech Week.
As co-firm director of PRSSA, I am getting real public relations experience with a diverse group of clients both on and off campus. I have learned so much as result of my involvement with different organizations on campus.
I urge all students, whether a freshman just starting out, a senior, or a transfer student, to get involved.
There are so many different clubs on campus that fit everyone's interests. Not only will you have fun, you will also build friendships for life. Being a member of a club teaches you responsibility and the importance of deadlines, things that you will definitely need once you graduate from college and begin your career.
Do not be shy. Make it a goal to go to at least one club meeting that you have never been to before this semester and if you do not like it, try another.
Meagan is a public relations major from Riverside, Calif. She can be reached at Meagan.firstname.lastname@example.org.