As I have written about in earlier posts, every year clubs and organizations hold meetings, table at involvement fairs, and attempt to gather a new base of members. Joining can be a scary and uncomfortable time for incoming students but it is something that should be sought after. While advice can seem as tedious as treading water, hearing out the ways in which other students have gotten involved and the tips and tricks they can offer to students looking to be brought in, with open arms, into a variety of groups on campus can prove to be helpful and securing.
Here is some of that advice:
“I find Laker Life to be helpful because it lists all the clubs we have, so you can see if you want to join or make a new club if it doesn’t exist!”
–Maria Ruffino, Class of 2017 – Zoology Club member
“Try it out even if you don’t have experience. Most of the girls on our team came in never having played and love the sport now. You gain a ton of friends.”
–Rochel DeSilva, Class of 2016 –Club Rugby and Lifestyle’s Center Peer Educator member
Keep an open mind and to try new stuff.”
–Rhianna Franchini, Class of 2018, Shaun Cassidy Fan Club member and Residence Hall floor representative (Pictured left-right)
“My only advice to a person interested in joining is to jump right in and get really involved from the start. The more you put in the effort now, the better you’re going to be.”
-Tatiana Gregory, Class of 2017 – Shaun Cassidy member and SAVAC assistant treasurer
To top off the above quick tips, here is a story of one student’s journey:
“I think something to remember is that no matter what passions or interests you have, Oswego has a club for you. I came here as a scared freshman with a love of music and a passion for teaching. It is all about research. I found Mu Beta Psi who were people with a love of music and I pledged and I can honestly say that I have a family with some of those people. I also came here with a passion for education and I found Mentor Oswego which is a club that mentors students in Oswego county and because of my passion and dedication I am now one of the three coordinators for the Mentor Oswego program. Don’t be afraid to try new things either. I have always wanted to dance but either didn’t have the time, money or energy but as soon as I stepped into that first Del Sarte general meeting I was welcomed with open arms even if I didn’t know the difference between a ballet and a jazz shoe. Honestly just come to college, be yourself and there are people out there who are looking for a place to fit in just like you are.”
–Sarah Hill, Class of 2016 – Mentor Oswego site coordinator, Del Sarte member, and Mu Beta Psi brother
No matter what, just remember that getting involved is important both for social and professional reasons. Clubs and organizations are fun and enjoyable entities that offer free work experience and entertainment!