I'm not saying spend every waking moment that you're not in class in a food pantry or go to church every Sunday or donate to every Kickstarter with an enjoyable video pitch or even sign every Change.org petition you get an email about. I want people, I'm talking to you millennials, to do something. Gettting involved at my university and in the surrounding community has been a more enriching experience for me than I can describe. And in the process of getting involved, my academics have soared, my friendships have grown, and I've touched lives around me (given, in small ways). I urge you, impressionable college freshman or scrambling senior with too much time on their hands, to join a club or organization that interests you.
1) Join something that you have a genuine curiosity or interest in, as most organizations welcome new members with all levels of knowledge or at least a decently-BSd application.
2) Go to meetings, actively participate, and ask yourself why you are there.
3) Represent you organization and with pride because as Margaret Mead so eloquently put it, never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
So why am I preaching right now? Too many of us think that we aren't the ones to make change. Ever heard the saying "be the change"? That's what you have to be. For people who are presented with less opportunities than you are, for those who don't have a voice, you can empower yourself with information that can mean the world to someone else.
I leave you with this:
You can do anything good, amigos.