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  this is some writing to create a space Meet Chloe, one of our summer 2017 ICI Interns: I’m Chloe Alexander, a recent graduate of an ICI member campus, where I studied Communications and History. You’ll find me in a library, coffee shop, or thrift store. I speak primarily in English, but also in Spanish with a terrible accent, FRIENDS quotes, and Disney song lyrics. I strive to make my mark on the world by writing, traveling, reading, engaging in critical thinking, and enjoying the arts. Ask me about my adorable dog and I will talk to you for a minimum of an hour.  

 

 

Why you should join a club in college

April 6, 2018

Many students talk about the clubs they’re involved in. Take a look at these reasons why you should be part of one, too! 

Early in your freshman year, you probably did or will attend an event where all the clubs on campus advertise their purpose and try to attract new members. You may feel overwhelmed by how many there are, but paying attention to the different kinds you could be involved in is a great idea!

Clubs are one of the easiest ways to find friends with similar interests. There are several different categories of clubs that you can probably find on your campus:

Social clubs.

This could include theatre groups or comedy improv groups. My campus had a swing club that got together a couple times a month to swing dance. There are also movie critic clubs, book clubs, chess clubs, among many others. There’s a really high chance that if you have a special interest in something, others on campus might as well, so talk to people and if there’s not already a club for something that you enjoy, think about starting one yourself!

Sports clubs.

Intramurals are a really easy way to stay active in a sport that you love. Either play yourself, or enjoy watching others compete. Sometimes cheerleading is a student organization as well that you can get involved in, or you can be a part of the student cheer section at games. My roommate took part in pep band three years of college and she loved the high energy atmosphere of the games.

Music clubs.

A lot of campuses will have music clubs on campus, such as show choirs or acapella groups. My school had a woodwinds ensemble that put on a themed concert every year, like Star Wars music or other fun things. There are marching bands and orchestras and musical theatre clubs. Everybody loves music of some kind, so chances are that there will be some kind of club in this category that interests you.

Service clubs.

Lots of college students care about their community and serving others. A number of clubs will provide you with opportunities to interact with fellow students, as well as make a difference in your local community. Present on a number of campuses is the organization College Mentors for Kids, which allows college students the ability to interact with elementary school students after school to develop relationships while doing fun activities. My campus had students who would go talk to people living in nursing homes, and a club for students who wrote encouraging notes and letters to students and left them in mailboxes.

Academic clubs.

This type is probably the most common. There are science clubs, accounting clubs, engineering clubs, art clubs, business clubs, computer and technology clubs, history clubs, finance clubs, pre-law clubs, literature clubs, and student government. Basically anything that can be a major can also be a club. Students enjoy interacting with their peers in a setting that is a little less formal than a classroom. You may learn a new thing or two, and it’s a great way to network with others in your field as well!

Cultural clubs.

Many campuses will have organizations for students to interact with specific cultures. Maybe there’s a Black Student Association or a Latino Student Union. There are French clubs or various Asian American clubs. Many of these clubs will focus on the appreciation of culture and might do things like study the language of a culture, eat ethnic foods, or watch foreign films. If you want to gather with other students who seek to learn about and understand the experiences of different types of cultures, this is the place for you!

Joining a club while in college is a great social outlet. It gives you the opportunity to interact with students that you may not meet in class or in your residence hall. Clubs provide a break from your usual studies, while also being a way to learn or develop skills. Becoming a leader in a club will help you to develop soft skills and could become something that you add to your resume! Clubs bring about volunteering opportunities, leadership skills, and new friends. Check out one this semester! 

 


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