Getting accustomed to college life can be a daunting task, but it’s one that can make or break your experience. Getting involved and letting go of your insecurities will introduce you to new people and new experiences, and that’s something that it is irreplaceable! Here are five ways for you to take the plunge…

1. Charity Organizations. This can mean any number of different things. Some schools offer service-based courses; if yours doesn’t, there are always clubs and organizations that support specific charities. Whether that means building houses or teaching underprivileged kids, giving back is a great way to make new friends.

2. Student Government. Hello, resume booster! Student government forces you outside your comfort zone and onto the campaign trail, interacting with many different students in order to bolster your votes.

3. Greek Life. Obviously not everyone feels the need to participate in a fraternity or sorority to make friends, but it can definitely help if you feel like you haven’t found your niche quite yet. Most Greek organizations provide ideal networking and social opportunities, which can help you when trying to get your foot in the door of your dream career field.

4. Competitive or Club Sports. You don’t have to be a varsity athlete to play sports at your school. Ultimate Frisbee and rugby, for example, often have club teams on campus. In fact, noncompetitive squads have an advantage: you focus on having fun, improving your skills and meeting new people, not so much on winning.

5. Work Study. Everyone could use a little extra cash in college, so why not earn money and get involved at the same time? On-campus jobs are excellent ways to make connections and learn more about how the university operates. Plus, the hours for on-campus jobs are usually much more flexible than if you work off-campus.