Finding a club that fits: a new student’s guide to RSOs
Upon the commencement of activities night, new students poured out of Trabant and Perkins, many of whom gave their brand new university email to a few too many clubs.
With 406 Registered Student Organizations (RSO’s) listed on Student Central, there’s no shortage of ways to get involved as a freshman – yet it may seem a bit overwhelming.
Freshmen are notorious for enthusiastically signing up for more clubs than they can handle and slowly whittling away their extracurriculars until they’ve found one or two that they’ll stick with throughout their undergraduate career.
Freshman Grant Claytor, expressed interest in joining clubs on campus. Aside from activities night, he also attended club sports night, which is a recruitment fair for all of the university’s club sports.
Time commitment and the type of people involved are Claytor’s two most prominent deciding factors when it comes time to choose between organizations.
“I’m going to the first crew meeting this Friday,” he says. “They meet at 4:30 a.m., so of course that fits in my schedule, but we’ll see.”
Claytor is majoring in neuroscience, but says that he would enjoy becoming a member of an artistic RSO on campus, given that he was a part of his high school’s yearbook committee and enjoys photography and music.
“I play guitar, I sing, I make music sometimes on the computer,” he says. “Music is my biggest passion, so I’ll do anything I can to pursue that.”
According to Alex Keen, assistant director of University Student Centers, each RSO on campus receives a standard budget of $800 a year, as well as additional allocations upon request. Each club chooses what they want to spend their money on, and as long as their requests are approved, they can provide things like t-shirts, food and trips to members.
Senior McKinley Short is involved in two organizations on campus: American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and Yoga Club. She advises that freshmen choose which clubs they will be involved with based on applicability to their major.
“Prioritize clubs that have to do with your major,” Short says. “Then you can meet people or professors in your major.”
She also suggests that students join clubs that relate to hobbies they had in high school so they will continue them.
Some clubs are more active than others, and each one is entirely unique. From organizations based around the art of hula hooping to serving the community, choosing the right club depends entirely on personal interests, social factors and how much work you’re willing to put in. With so many RSO’s to choose from, you’re bound to find the right fit for you.