Research has shown that students who are involved in campus life are more likely to graduate from college and more likely to be satisfied with their overall college experience (Light, 2001). We certainly see this at Babson as well; and there are more than 95 clubs and organizations with which students can get involved. If a particular interest area is not covered within the current set of offerings, students will create one. Every semester, we see at least a half-dozen new clubs be founded.
It is even more important that first-year students become involved with campus life to balance out the demands of their academic life. When students arrive on campus, they need to find a niche—a place where they feel a sense of purpose and where they feel they belong. Becoming involved in or founding a campus organization, participating in student government, participating in Greek Life or volunteering for community service are all positive ways for students to quickly find their place and feel comfortable and excited about being a member of a new community.
The only caution is to be careful not to become overinvolved. The opportunities on campus are limitless, and students have four years to try out a number of leadership roles and organizations.