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I am going to talk about what spend my extra time doing during the past two years until that has affected my studies and lifestyle. First of all, it was a challenged to go out of my comfort zone. I joined Bible study since my freshmen year, this club was the beginning to how I join all other clubs. I was a little bit uncomfortable to be around with others and I used to think my ideas will not be considered because of my limited knowledge and English I have. But, by joining this club, it broke less confident in me, because everyone is there to learn. To be honest, I would have never been to other clubs if I kept the second guess myself. So, it is a BIG OKAY to be embarrassed and uncomfortable sometimes to allow yourself out of your comfort zone.

I remembered very vividly my first time when I got embarrassed at the meeting, I was called out to read a verse in the bible, my heartbeat skipped a beat for a second until my friend sat next to me saved my life because I do not know where to go in the bible.

This is a picture of us after our Chi Alpha meeting, we do a bible study together. But since this group is from a diverse background religion. We mostly plan to cook and do different activities together.

This is another bible group from the BCM club. We went down to South of West Virginia to do volunteering work during our Spring breaks, two times in a row. We are like family, the more time we spend together, it brings us closer and closer.

Lunch with my friends from the International Student club.

This picture is blurry, and I looked so tired and sleepy, but one of the best moments. Got a chance to meet the astronaut through Society of Woman Engineering. I met this astronaut and got his book and had his signature on it. I left that club, so I am currently with American society of civil engineering.

You may wonder, how did she get the time to this all this? No, I don't join all the clubs at the same time, you will find out that there are boring moments. If you find it is boring leave and try a new one. And you don't have to go to all the meetings, everyone there is students, so they are in your shoes, so it's totally fine to miss the meeting.
From my experience, these have helped me to in so many ways, I got a chance to listen to so many smart and successful people who come to share their experiences. I also get to meet people to study together as well as do different activities together as a group. Something to think about, it also enables your resume to be unique from others which will make it more stand out. And finally, of course, free pizza!
SO if you are thinking to join one, go and try it out!