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It’s interesting that you bring up hyper-involvement as a detrimental thing. Students have good intentions going into things, but they don’t realize that there are just simply not enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished, especially to the level at which it needs to be. As you said, this results in lukewarm attempts at effectuating change, and that results in lower interest in the group, and other impacts that can negatively effect the club or organization. While the student leaders that are so involved may be some of the best leaders on campus, that doesn’t matter unless they have enough time to dedicate to the cause. They may be passionate about the issue, but sometimes there is a better chance of positive change occurring if you allow others that have the time and resources to go after it. I’m in no way discouraging students to not get involved, but I agree that they need to create a balance in their life. Even though you may have more experience than the next person and you may believe you are the best person for the job, you need to evaluate whether you truly have the time it takes to make an impact.


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