By RICKY LINDSAY, Editor-in-Chief

I have been a student at the University of Michigan-Dearborn for the past five years.

It’s been an incredible time. I’ve met a lot of great people and have done some memorable things.

But it all happened because I decided to become involved in student life.

Before I came to UM-Dearborn straight out of high school, I wanted to make my college experience one to remember. I didn’t do much in high school and thus longed for a completely opposite experience come college.

Certainly something that is easier said than done at a commuter college.

Getting involved was a way to make it a possibility, though.

And if you’re a student who isn’t involved, you should change that while you still have the chance.

Far too often I see students who go to class and return home immediately afterwards. It’s a tough sight, really. Their college experience is defined by that. I believe it’s admirable that UM-Dearborn’s student body is a working one, but there’s still an opportunity — big or small — to be an involved college student.

You can go to events that student organizations put on or become a member. There are several things going on at UM-Dearborn each week. And there are so many student organizations on campus. You don’t have to be a president or on an executive board to be involved or to have a memorable college experience.

Some of my fondest memories from my time at UM-Dearborn come from being involved, whether it was a trip to Cleveland to watch Michigan-Ohio State play an outdoor hockey game or just a typical weekday spent on the second floor of University Center.

So go to a UM-Dearborn athletics game. Go to a meeting or event. Get involved while you have the chance.