Pro vs. Con: FC students have full schedules

Pro: Activities allow students to practice work-life balance

By Emily Metheny

Franklin College students are joiners. We join everything: Greek life, athletics, organizations and everything else under the sun.

Being involved is a good thing, and I want to see people involved. You can learn important skills, like leadership and time management. You can also learn about good (or bad) practices for social media, banner design or, my personal favorite, working with outside organizations, administrators and staff.

I believe that Franklin offers its students opportunities to do a lot, and we should do as much as we can while maintaining a balance. It can be hard at times, but in the real world, you will have to balance your home life, work life and everything else you do.

And that can be a lot to balance. But college is a place to learn how to do it.

There are over 60 campus organizations at Franklin that you can be a part of. If you can’t find something on campus, try the community. We are only 30 minutes from Indianapolis. You can find some way to stay involved and busy. But like everything else, there’s a catch. It needs to be something you care about.

It took me a lot of time to narrow down my involvements (I actually have, don’t laugh). By focusing on what I can do to help, I have learned so much more about myself that I can use when I go into job interviews. And the best part? I know that what I did in the organization actually had an impact.

Con: Students need to manage involvement to avoid burnout

By Paige Clark

“I’m in a hurry to get things done, I rush and rush until life’s no fun.”

Great lyrics from the country band Alabama, and a testimony of many who live the busy life of a Franklin College student.

All college students are busy. But there is something special about a small school that gets people over-involved.

It is not unheard of for students to be multiple sport athletes, hold titles in multiple organizations or have an email signature longer than your actual email.

And it’s awesome that Franklin College offers students so many opportunities to get involved. And does it look good on a resume? You betcha!

But, students become overbooked, burnt out and ready to give up before a semester is even over.

And unfortunately, because of the over-involvement, students begin to care less and less about these organizations and put minimal effort in. Just enough to get a four year status member, or chords at graduation or something else that in five years, no one will care about or remember.

I think there is definitely an advantage of trying a lot of activities. You meet new people, learn new skills and gain new experiences.

But I think there should be caution when jumping into all these activities.

I’m not saying people shouldn’t get all excited and sign-up when they go to the student organizations fair the first week of class, I’m just saying: Be a little realistic with your time management skills and genuine interest in a club or activity.

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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