Going to college may be your first experience of living away from home and your family. Lonely? Want to know where to make friends? College clubs can be a safe haven where you can find like-minded people to hang out with and share new experiences. Campus clubs form around different interests such as a foreign language, music or a sport. There is bound to be a club to suit your interests.
To find your campus clubs, go to your school’s website and look around. There will probably be a link specifically to student clubs. Once you’re there, you’ll find links to individual websites for many of the clubs. For example, at Boston College the list of student clubs includes:
- Accounting Academy
- Brazilian club of Boston College
- Music Guild
- Women’s Law Center
While these club listings sound pretty traditional, you’ll also find some fun and unique club themes.
Sports, culture and academics make for nice club themes but sometimes you just have to bust out and have some fun. When that happens, look for clubs like those described by Stephanie Haven in her April 18, 2013, post for USAToday.com titled, “Happiness clubs foster positivity on stressful college campuses.”
For example, consider the Penn State Clown Nose Club whose members attend club events wearing — you guessed it — a red clown nose. But these folks aren’t just clowning around. They carry out acts of random kindness such as helping students get to class on rainy days with the help of a bright yellow umbrella taxi.
According to Haven, “You can find variations of this club at colleges nationwide. From passing out lollipops to distributing free iced tea and hugs outside the library at finals, these student groups aim to increase peers’ happiness throughout the academic year.”
Campus clubs get crazy
If you’re interested in nontraditional college, clubs then check out some of the clubs described by Rachel Kossman in her August 22, 2013, post for HerCampus.com titled, “15 of the Craziest College Clubs.”
The list of clubs includes:
Squirrel Club at University of Michigan: What began as simple feeding of the campus rodent population turned into a movement complete with squirrel t-shirts.
Wizards and Muggles Club at College of William and Mary: Just because you’re at college doesn’t mean that you have to leave your love of Hogwarts behind. Enjoy a game of Quidditch with fellow wizards and compete with other schools. Kossman added, “Not at CWM? Have no fear. Thousands of college students across the country have started Harry Potter fan clubs at their universities – just check out your school’s website to see if there’s one you can join!”
Humans vs. zombies at Goucher College: Zombies are everywhere, even on campus. What started at Goucher six years ago has spread across the country like a zombie apocalypse. If you dream of conquering zombies, then check to see if your campus has a zombie defense corps that you can join.
If you see an idea for a club that you like, then start your own club if it doesn’t exist at your campus.
Starting a club
Why would you want to form a campus club? Because you’ll be able to get school funding for your activities, use school resources for your website and other marketing activities, and use school facilities for meetings.
Convinced? To start your club, contact your student affairs office. You will be asked to describe your goals and activities and how they will benefit your school. Some schools may require a formal document with bylaws that outline how the club activities will be conducted. You may also have to find a professor to sponsor your club.
Jessica Shoemaker outlined a typical process for starting a campus club in an article for NextStepU.com titled, “Start a club on campus.”
Each school will have its own rules for starting a club. “Once you have spoken to ‘the powers that be’ at your school, you will know with certainty what will be expected from you and what you can expect from them,” Shoemaker said.
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