Apathy: The Road of Lost Opportunity
As one of the most diverse campuses in the United States, Queens College offers a potpourri of various clubs and organizations to choose from. No matter who you are or what your interests might be, you are sure to find a club that suits you. And even if you can’t locate that eccentric club you always wanted to be a part of, the Office of Student Life is more than happy to work with you to make the club of your dreams a reality. Yet, amazingly, very few students choose to take advantage of all the clubs that Queens College has to offer. Instead, they delude themselves into believing that what is truly essential for their future careers are solely the classes they take.
While it is true that some students have very tight work schedules and have a hard enough time juggling work and college, many students do not; rather, they choose to remain apathetic at the expense of their own careers and opportunities.
Getting involved in a club can be a very rewarding experience. Not only are you exposed to people with similar interests, but clubs provide an outlet to hone vital skills that can help advance your career and place you above and beyond the competition. Graduate schools as well as employers like to see students who are passionate about their future goals and make an effort to assume leadership positions in areas of their interest.
One of the more disquieting trends prevalent among those uninterested in the value of extra-curricular activities, is the fact that many of Queens College’s journalism minors are not involved with this very paper. Much of journalism is predicated on practice and making mistakes early on, like on student newspapers, for example. An aspiring journalist who doesn’t join the college newspaper is starting their career off on the wrong foot and sending negative signals to potential employers.
It is high time that Queens College students begin to understand just how important clubs are for future career success. In today’s world, nothing is a given, and to remain competitive, students must look to distinguish themselves. By becoming more involved in various organizations, not only will students gain immensely, but with more students spending additional time on campus, college life will be enriched, as well.