Post Clubs Week Realizations

September 26, 2014  |   Found in Advocacy // Clubs // Editorial // Student Life

A How-To Guide on Dealing with All of the Clubs You Just Signed Up For.

It’s the second week of classes. Your attempts to navigate through MacHall down to Starbucks are futile. There are tables, posters, and people everywhere. What the heck is going on?

Head forth, young Padawan, and be the best club member that you can be!

You eventually find out that it’s Clubs Week. This excites you. You’ve heard so much about getting involved on campus and this is the perfect opportunity. You no longer see the tables, posters, and people as barriers to where you need to be, but rather endless opportunities. You spend the week chatting with different club representatives and by the end of the five days you’ve lost track of the number of clubs that you’re signed up for.

By Monday morning, you have thirty-seven emails in your inbox. It takes you an hour to read through them all, but you eventually realize that you are now invited to thirty-seven different club meet and greets. What on earth does one do from here? Breathe. You’re not the only person who has been in this position. Here are five ways to deal with all of the clubs that you have just signed up for:

  1. Give everything an equal opportunity – Attend the Meet and Greet or the first event. Maybe don’t attend all thirty-seven of them, but attend as many as you can. You’re not going to know what you like or don’t like without actually having attended any of the events. Meet and Greets are usually shorter events and are a good way to decide if a club is really for you.
  2. Don’t overcommit – Stick with about two or three clubs that really interest you. That way, you will be able to give your responsibilities to that club your full attention. Make a note of the other clubs that drew your interest and get involved with them next semester or next year. The club that you’re interested in will probably be around on this campus longer than you are, so never fear that you’re going to miss something entirely.
  3. Have fun – With over 300 different options, SU clubs are one of the best way to get engaged on campus. Get involved with clubs that add to your degree, appeal to your interests outside of the classroom, or teach you about something that you don’t know. Your club involvement might even help lead you to bigger, better things.
  4. Keep an open mind – Getting involved in a club is one of the greatest ways to meet people that you never would have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. Odds are you will meet likeminded people who share common interests. Maybe you’ll meet your new best friend or your lifelong partner.
  5. Congratulate yourself – You’re taken the first step to get engaged with an amazing community. University is all about what you make it. These four, five, or even six years have the potential to be the best of your life, and you’ve made the conscious decision to make it so.

Head forth, young Padawan, and be the best club member that you can be! Remember – second semester Clubs Week is less than four months away!

Cecilia Langill is a third year Communication Studies student. She is the VP Communications for the Distress Centre on Campus club and the Communications Department Representative for the Faculty of Arts Students’ Association. In her free time Cecilia enjoys knitting and photography. You can check her out on Twitter @OfficialLangill and on Instagram @omgitscee