Access to Education
The Benefits of Student Involvement
Ms. Tracy Stuck
Director of the Ohio Union and Student Activities
The Ohio State University
Many universities and colleges believe there are numerous benefits associated with student involvement. Most scholars who have study the impact of involvement on students agree that activities outside the classroom contribute to the college experience. Further, many of these scholars suggest these out-of-classroom experiences are the most significant.
For example, participation in extracurricular activities, living in a campus residence, and interpersonal conversations with faculty and peers has been positively related to persistence through graduation and satisfaction. Moreover, students are more likely to achieve substantial gains in areas such as social competence, autonomy, confidence, self-awareness, and a greater appreciation for human diversity. However, the overall benefit of student involvement may be greater than the effect of any single student activity.
Involvement in clubs and organizations may lead to many of the gains identified because college students have made a conscious effort to seek out groups they are interested in and, therefore, may bring a high level of commitment to their involvement. This level of commitment along with a sense of belonging that students find within these group may lead to the development of other critical life skills.
Here are a few other educational tips for student involvement.
- Start your college involvement by seeking out those activities that you are interested in becoming a member
- Get involved at least one activity outside the classroom
- Get to know your members from your organization, including your peer or faculty advisor.
Getting involved in at least one activity outside of class will improve your college experience immensely and provide you with tools you will need to succeed in life after graduation.