Stay a While…

You May Not Live on Campus, but That Doesn't Mean You Can't Get Involved

So you chose to stay at home for a year or two to attend a community college and your friends decided to move a few hours away and live at school instead. Or maybe you’re restarting your higher education after a break of months or years, and feeling disconnected from your fellow students. In either case, you’re feeling lonely and bored and need something to occupy your time. Well, look no further than your own community college! Just because you aren’t living on campus doesn’t mean you have to be secluded from the fun.

Community colleges face the somewhat difficult task of creating a cohesive student body when so many students are constantly coming and going. But many colleges offer various activities for students to get involved in—with the hope that students will stay on campus more often.

Join a Club or Organization

Joining and participating in a club or organization that you are interested in or that relates to your community college major can be an exciting and rewarding part of your college experience. You can join more than one group and even run for an executive position. Being an active member of your club will provide you with leadership training, and will also help you become familiar with other groups and faculty members on campus. These positions often act as stepping-stones to other positions with more responsibility, or possibly even a job after graduation.

Recreation Centers and Sports

Want to get physical? Look for the recreation center. Basketball courts, swimming pools, and workout rooms are often all at a student’s disposal simply by showing their student ID card. Recreation centers may also host community college student activities throughout the academic year, including walks for charities and nonprofit organizations, fitness classes, and health seminars. Intramural tournaments are often organized so those with athletic interests can get involved. And, some schools even have sports teams that compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Performing Arts

For students interested in music, theater, or art, some community colleges have a performing arts center with visiting productions, oftentimes involving students from the college. Students can take a dance lesson, learn how to play a musical instrument, or tryout for the lead in the next musical production.

Student Newspaper and Radio Station

Are you a journalism or communications major, or maybe just interested in what’s happening in the world? Then check to see if your community college has a student newspaper you could be a reporter for, or investigate your campus’s radio station to find out if you could be on air. Many community colleges have these two media outlets available for students interested in learning about this field.


This article was written by Natalie Pezzenti

Natalie Pezzenti is a staff editor for Natalie writes extensively on the topic of undergraduate studies and the college search process.

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