Danielle Romanelli Staff Writer
As a Freshman, students are constantly told how crucial it is to join clubs. There is truth behind this, however. Clubs are a great way to make friends. Everyone goes into their first club meeting with the intention of making friends and learning about the club, so everyone is in the same boat. Plus, if someone is unsure about their major, joining clubs can inspire them to choose one.
I could spend this article saying how great The Campus Lantern is, and trust me, it is. I joined this club as a Freshman and now, I’m going into it for my third year here. If you are someone who likes writing articles, and wants a club that looks great on a resume, The Campus Lantern is perfect for you! That being said, it doesn’t suit everyone’s interests, so there are a lot more clubs on campus to join.
According to Eastern’s website there are “90+ student organizations found on campus [which] enrich the social, cultural, and educational experiences of Eastern students, influence the larger University community, and enhance the overall diversity found at Eastern.” There really is something for everyone. There are eight categories which hold these various clubs: Academic, Art, Media & Music, Club Sports, Cultural/Identity/Religion Based, Leadership/Service, Recreation, and Special Interests.
As a student, you are able to join any club you want. I recommend going to as many “first” meetings as possible to test out what you like and don’t like. Just because you go to one meeting does not mean you have an obligation to go to more.
Try out as many clubs as possible, and then return to the ones that intrigue you the most. If you are interested in a sport, without the commitment of a Division III sport, try a club sport! The ones available are cheerleading, football, ice hockey, and rugby.
“If you are undecided, test out something outside of your comfort zone. You might just find your passion.”
I highly recommend getting into an Academic Club that fits your major. Although, as I said before, if you are undecided, test out something outside of your comfort zone. You might just find your passion. Not only will they give you a deeper understanding of the major, but it will look great on a resume and show that you have a passion for your major! There is an academic club for almost every major. The best thing is, you don’t need to be in that major to join the club. For example, if you are a Political Science major and you are interested in creative writing, join the Creative Writing club!
No matter who you are and what your interests are, I guarantee there is a club out there calling your name. Take a look around the website, and attend the club fairs that happen bi-annually to learn about all the different types of clubs there are at Eastern! You may be surprised by what you find.