People always tell you about the craziness that is your first month of college. What they don’t mention is the possibility of being bored out of your mind.

Sure, the weekends are fun, but what about Monday through Friday? You might find yourself lying in bed wishing you had something to do before or after your classes. Luckily we as students have the opportunity to participate in a number of exciting activities.

Here are five ways to get involved on campus and avoid dying of boredom (because, let’s face it, dying of boredom seems like a pretty awful way to go):


5. Activities Programming Board (APB) events

What better way to break up the monotony and meet new people than karaoke at the Knight Club? It’s at least a good way to show other students that you’re outgoing. If singing off key isn’t your forte, check out one of the many speakers, comedians or bands who come to campus. You never know who you may meet or what might happen.

4. Clubs

Clubs recruit members like crazy at the beginning of the year. If you went to the activities fair, your inbox is probably overloaded with emails from club presidents asking you to join. Do yourself a favor and actually read them – you may find something that you actually like. There’s a club for almost every major and hobby.

3. Community service

Knowing that you helped another person or organization is one of the most rewarding feelings. I know it’s tempting to eat Cheetos and binge watch Netflix – trust me – but this is better for you and the community.

2. Student Government Association (SGA)

As a second-year member of SGA myself, I can tell you that there is no better thing you can do. This organization is unique in that it lets students have a say in the administration. It acts as a bridge between the student body and the higher-ups at Gannon. You have a voice. Let it be heard.

1. Get out of your room

Going for a walk is a good way to meet people and get some fresh air. Head to the bayfront before it gets cold. It’s beautiful this time of year and a great place to think.


Whatever you do, don’t just spend your freshman year cooped up in your room. It’s a great place to study, but you really are missing out on more than you gain. The next four years are going to fly, so be sure to make them count.