As of Fall 2015, there were 27,845 students enrolled at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Obviously this is a big school and it’s not easy to find your niche or the group you belong to. I’ve been able to be really involved in service opportunities through my sorority, but sororities aren’t for everyone and that’s okay. If you still want to join a group and participate in philanthropic activities, the Center for Leadership and Service is a good place for you to start. They have tons of resources for Alternative Break programs, LeaderShape, Ignite and more. If you’re looking for a ‘family’ at UT along with service opportunities, consider joining one of these student organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, American Student Dental Association at the University of Tennessee, Black Law Students Association, Circle K International, Clinic Vols, Collegiate 4-H, Community Partnerships Service Corps, Diabetes Advocacy Board and more. Find out more information about these organizations along with contact information for each: HERE.
Overall, regardless of your academic major or greek affiliation, there are so many ways to get involved in service and find a ‘family’ at UT that share your same interests. I want to highly encourage everyone to find an outlet for service. It’s all about #thevolunteermovement!