What University Clubs Should You Join?

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All major university campuses typically feature a wide variety of extracurricular clubs that you can joins. These university clubs are generally geared towards people with similar interests in certain subjects, and include organizations such as athletic teams, student politics, charity organizations, fan clubs, and professional training groups.

The Importance of University Clubs

While the majority of your time and mental energy during university will be geared towards your classes and academic requirements, there is vast potential for learning and personal growth outside of your program’s curriculum. Joining the right university clubs can not only help you develop valuable skills that you can put to use in the real world, but might also give you an edge when applying to jobs after you undergraduate career is over.

Three Common Types of University Clubs

Athletic Clubs

Athletic clubs range from high level school varsity teams to common intramural sports. Generally more students would be inclined to join the latter, as only few are high calibre athletes. Nonetheless being part of an amateur sports team is a great way to stay in shape and to make new friends. Thus athletic university clubs can be quite rewarding as they foster team building skills and provide you with a break from your studies that is genuinely fun and engaging.

Advocacy/ Political Groups

Another option that might be worth your time is joining a club that advocates for a certain cause or charity. If you feel strongly about an issue like poverty or the environment then you would be well served joining a group that is committed to taking action towards those issues. Not only does this allow you to become proactive about your views it also lets you gain valuable experience in managing an organization, if you stick to that club and rise up in its ranks.

Likewise, if you are passionate about politics, it might also be beneficial to join the student chapter of a political party on your campus. All of the major Canadian political parties have affiliate clubs in most universities. By joining one of these groups you have a chance to network with like minded people, potentially gain access to certain internship roles within political organizations, and get a head start to a possible career in public service.

Professional Clubs

Professionally geared university clubs can include a wide spectrum of organizations such as, student newspapers, accounting or management clubs, or theater production groups. These clubs can be highly beneficial as they give you hands on skills and training in fields that you might be interested in working once you graduate. Even if they are not directly related to the career stream you are set on following, these clubs allow you to test out different professional fields and earn some valuable resume padding.

Make the Most out of University Clubs

Ultimately when it comes to picking university clubs it is of the utmost importance to do what feels right for you, and to join a club that speaks to your interests, and that allow you to grow as a person. That said it is strongly encouraged that you do participate in extracurricular activities while you are in undergrad as they can help you build very important professional, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

Methods to Deal with Anxiety

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This article provides some simple techniques that can help in alleviating anxiety associated with the sudden and demanding change of lifestyle that becoming a full-time student brings with it.

Determining the Methods to Deal With Anxiety

Anxiety can have a multitude of negative health effects, both mental and physical, and is brought on by a number of different factors. The most common source of anxiety is stress, often associated with unpleasant tasks. There are a multitude of methods to deal with anxiety, regardless of its source, which address the physical and mental causes of anxiety. These techniques are generally applicable and don’t apply to any particular kind of anxiety.

2 Effective Methods to Deal With Anxiety

Get Some Rest

Ensuring that you get quality sleep at night and being well rested can reduce the chances of experiencing anxiety. The body uses sleep to regulate the hormones that control emotion and sleep deprivation disrupts the body’s capability to perform that regulatory process. We constantly push our bodies to do more, without properly giving it a chance to recover – which can lead to irritability or anxiety. Establish a regular sleep cycle and avoid ambient lighting like a computer or TV before bed. This will allow the body to produce serotonin and help you fall asleep. There are also apps that measure your sleep cycles by using the built in gyroscope in the phone and wake you up when you’re out of REM sleep for a maximum feeling of restfulness. Allowing the body to reset and face the day strong and well rested is just one of the many methods to deal with anxiety.

Eat and Drink Properly

The saying “you are what you eat” certainly carries some truth; if you eat poorly you will likely feel that way as well. Eating healthy foods that are good for long-term energy can provide the body with nutrients throughout the day. Food that provides the body with short term bursts of energy, like processed foods, refined sugars, and simple carbs cause temporary spikes in energy, which leaves low periods where the body’s required level of sustenance exceeds the level of nutrients being provided. Demanding performance from a malnourished body and mind puts stress on your system, which only compounds the effects of anxiety. Eating a balanced diet and eating regularly will help to stabilize blood sugar and energy levels throughout the day.

Drinking coffee in moderation is also important because caffeine can disrupt the body’s natural cycles and contribute to daily stress. Although a mug of coffee in the morning is likely okay, several servings or servings late in the day can negatively impact the quality of your sleep, which as we saw earlier, can also contribute to anxiety. Another common method of dealing with anxiety is the use of alcohol. Since alcohol is a depressant, it can temporarily reduce the feeling of anxiety, tension and stress but, just like caffeine, it has a negative effect on the body’s natural cycle and as a depressant has a negative effect on your mood. Although dehydration is not a direct cause of stress and anxiety, a lack of fluids puts stress on the body, which can exacerbate any current, or pending feeling of anxiety. One of the best methods to deal with anxiety is to eat well and often, avoid caffeine and alcohol, and to stay hydrated.

Stay Tuned for More Anxiety Tips!

Tune in again for next weeks article as we explore more of the many ways in which you can utilize different methods to deal with anxiety.