On-campus organizations offer many positions of responsibility where students can gain knowledge and leadership experience in extracurricular activities while obtaining a high-quality education.
These positions can be as seemingly easy and transparent as sergeant-at-arms of the tiddlywinks club or as visible, well-known, and crucial as being president of student government or editor of a student publication (Really! Ask us.).
It is vitally important that you concentrate on the roles that you accept. People both above and below you in the chain-of-command rely on you to accomplish your position's established goals and/or objectives.
If you cannot fulfill these goals or accomplish these objectives in professional manner and on time, you have a moral responsibility to ask for help. You should notify your superiors that you are unable to do your job and perhaps ask your peers or charges to fill-in for you.
Your superiors will probably understand the circumstances that prevent you from doing your job; your peers should seize the opportunity to prove to those collective superiors that they are capable and dynamic enough to carry someone else's weight for a short while. The people under your supervision (your charges) should seize the opportunity to show that they are capable of doing more than what is required of them in hope that they, too, may one day advance.
I'm not constructing a new work ethic. The process above is something I've been taught since I was a child, and I can only hope that this is something you, too, worldly reader, have learned.
If you haven't, well, it pleases me to have been pedagogical for a moment. You've learned something today.
Remember, too, that your classwork still matters—don't sacrifice that which is paramount and really is—or at least should be—your most important focus during your college career. You must balance the things you are required to do (classes) with the things you wish to do (extracurricular activities). College is a great time to learn or to improve upon this balancing act.
Don't undertake something to which you cannot give your full attention. Balance the commitments you make so that you are able to fulfill them.
An Browncoat saying from Firefly applies here:
"When you can't run, you crawl. And when you can't crawl, you find someone to carry you."
[from the 2006/11/17 edition of The Holcad]