11 Reasons You Need To Join Your Undergraduate Literary Journal

11 Reasons You Need To Join Your Undergraduate Literary Journal

Just do it.

There are hundreds of undergraduate extracurricular at any given university, but there are very few with as many benefits as an undergraduate literary journal where the staff (aka students) are given the chance to select work to put into their very own editions every year.

Still not convinced? Here are 11 reasons you need to join your undergraduate literary journal as soon as possible.

1. Networking

Whether it's university faculty, fellow students, alumni, or contributors you never know who might walk in the room.

2. Experience

Get a position, strut your stuff.

3. Friends

Other editing, writing and reading nerds who you sit with once a week? They become friends before you know it.

4. Resume killer

Talk yourself up! You have 1 to 4 years of editorial experience now!

5. Basic publishing knowledge

Now you know that signatures aren't just someone signing their name.

6. Free books

Through the organization, somehow, you will find yourself with twenty free books over the semester if you never say no.

7. Behind the scenes looks

If you're a writer you know how other journals are looking at your pieces. If you're not a writer you know how editing teams work and fight for pieces they love!

8. Volunteer opportunities

Because honestly no one volunteers as much as they think they should, and being part of an organization is a good way to get those opportunities.

9. Memories

One meeting a week for a few semesters? Something funny is bound to happen at least once, it's just statistics.

10. Submission tips

Now you know what kind of cover letters and fonts almost always turn editors off.

11. Conferences

AWP, FUSE, Winter Wheat. They're not always free, but they are always worth it.

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Losing sleep, skipping meals, forgetting to drink water, skipping out on time with friends and family; these are the things that can occur when your letter of an A is what you are living for.

You are worth more than the grade letter, or the GPA number on your transcript.

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Trying your best, and working hard for your goals is something that is A-worthy.

Reserve time for yourself, for your sanity, your health, your mental health.

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How Much Alcohol You Drink A Week, Based on Your GPA

You spend your life studying, so you might as well drink to forget.


We all know that balancing work and play is a priority to college students.

You want to succeed and get good grades, but you also want to have a good time while you're still in college. Some struggle with balance. They over booze-cruise and some over-dedicate themselves to their work that they never get their dose of Vitamin D.

But, one thing that everyone can say, is that almost everyone drinks in college. And, the amount that you drink can definitely make or break your grades.

3.5 or higher

You educations means a lot to you, but you still know how to have fun every once in a while. The weekends are your time to shine, but the party doesn't start until your homework is done.


A little overwhelmed with your school work, you relax by doing you work with wine or doing half of your work then heading to the bar for their specials. You're a few times week regular, but you never go super crazy. You definitely care about your work and definitely need to get it done, but you're not afraid to pick up the bottle and get wild every now and again.


You try hard to get your work done but the fear of missing out has you buggin' hard. So, you try to get your work done before you go out, but you might forget a few things. Remember to pace yourself, and you're spending money to go to school for a reason! You may be at the club 5/7 days of the week, but you'll still turn in some of your work.

1.9 or lower

In constant stress-mode, you de-stress by going out with your friends and getting to parties. It's probably an every-day affair. But, you may let your grades slip a little more than you should, so you spend the next several weeks trying to scramble up the GPA scale. Sometimes it works out for the better, but other times, you end up falling close or below the red. Remember, prioritize your future. You have your whole life ahead of you to party and booze.

Everyone has their vices on how to cope with work and stress, but know that you should partake in those vices in moderation. There is plenty of time to get messed up and make some memories, just do it after you finish your schoolwork. What do you think breaks are for?

Also, PLEASE don't do hard drugs!!!

Happy drinking...I mean, studying!

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