I think coming to college, your freshman year, it's really easy to get lost in all the classes and all the new buildings and the new people. But making yourself a part of a smaller group and really getting to know the people within your major and within the organizations I think is a key way to be successful. Being a part of the UNA Band is probably been one of the greatest things I've ever done, the most rewarding thing. You get to create something with a group of people and perform it for others. And so it's about yourself and about your friendships, but then Saturday nights, it's not about you anymore, and so you get to put on something for other people.
I feel like there are a lot of ways for students to get involved on campus. I think that the best way is just to find a group of people that are passionate about something and create your own adventure, like go out and make your own club. Like in the Art department, we have pot lucks every semester. And we now do peer critiques where we sit around and talk about each other's art, and that was all student organized events.
Greek life has been a great experience, especially at UNA, because we are a smaller community on campus, but we host events all the time. We like to use our philanthropy in ways that we can get people involved on campus as well. My specific philanthropy is breast cancer education, so we have a Pink Week every year during October, and we always have events. We might have like a lemonade stand at the fountain.
Step Sing is an event that we have every year at UNA. Any registered student organization could participate in it. They sing, they dance, they step, so it's a really good time. The value of getting involved is experiencing things that you haven't experienced before, meeting friends that you never thought that you would be friends with, and getting opportunities that you would never have the chance otherwise.