We recently posted an article entitled, “7 Reasons Why You Should Join A Student Organization or Club.” In hopes that it got your creative juices flowing, we are now here to provide you with a list of many of the different types of groups you may join at university, organized by interest!
Many people incorrectly assume that clubs are only meant for athletes who didn’t make the university’s primary team. There truly is something for everyone, you just have to know where to look!
Here are 10 different types of clubs and organizations you can join at university!
If you’re interested in performing arts, join the university theater troupe or a dance club
There are a good deal of people who have fun on stage but don’t want to commit to performing arts as a major. Most universities offer a variety of performance classes, from acting and singing to dancing and instrumental. You could spend your weekends practicing lines for a play, or you could learn how to do a different type of dance, like tap, ballet or hip hop. You may even join a comedy troupe!
If you are interested in politics or law, try debate club or student government
Debate club is an extremely popular choice for people studying political science or law because it grants the opportunity to practice their public speaking skills and engage in friendly debate. It is also a good choice for people who have a tendency to argue, and can truly function as a personal stress-reliever, as funny as that may sound!
On the other hand, student government is an excellent way to get involved in what goes on at your school and within the student body. If you want to ensure that you, as a student, have a say when important decisions are made by the school board, this is the place for you to make an impact!
If you’re religious, join a faith-based or spiritual club
One of the hardest parts about moving away to university for those that are religious is finding a place of worship and a community of like-minded individuals. You are sure to find a group that practices your same faith through your university’s club programs. However, it’s important to know that you don’t need to be a die-hard to join! It’s quite likely that you will meet people who are extremely devoted to their practice as well as people who are looking to explore something new!
If you want a tight-knit family, join a Sorority or Fraternity
Sororities and Fraternities tend to get a bad rep as many assume that all they do is party, but universities actually require that the houses fulfill certain requirements to stay open. From community service and outreach to organized social gatherings, these groups present the perfect opportunity to be involved in something outside of school while making lifelong friends. You may even have a new place to live!
If you’re looking to give back, join a community service club.
Universities offer ample opportunities for their students to get involved with the community. Engaging in civic activities is not only fulfilling, but it also looks fantastic on the resume. Companies love to see students that are able to look beyond themselves and get involved in something philanthropic – all while completing their education! Choose something that is important to you so you will feel that much more satisfied at the end of the day.
If you’re a writer or a creative, join the university newspaper, magazine or online journal
This is particularly good for students studying journalism or communications, because many of the professors and student mentors that you see in class are also involved in the school’s publications. Joining a writing group is a surefire way to build up that portfolio if you are looking to start a creative career, as companies tend to want to see samples!
If you’re an athlete but are not playing on for the university team, join a club team
While we did say that it isn’t true that clubs are only meant for athletes, it IS true that athletes have much more to choose from, especially if they are interested and skilled in various sports. But, you don’t have to be an athlete to join a club soccer, ultimate frisbee, basketball (the list goes on!) team. If you are looking to learn a new sport or to engage in a friendly evening game once a week to switch up your routine, it’s a great way to make friends and blow off some steam in between projects.
If you want to dive deeper into your major, join a major-specific club
Participating in a club that is focused on your area of study is a great way to find more understanding in that field, especially if you are still trying to pinpoint exactly what area you are interested in. It’s also an easy way to network and make friends within your major, who may be the people you end up calling
when you are looking to form a study group or borrow notes from a confusing or missed class.
If you like outdoorsy activities, try ski, hiking or an excursion club
You don’t have to join a team to get involved in something physical. If you like being outdoors, your university is bound to have some type of excursion club that can get you moving without needing to wear a jersey or compete with others. These groups often form overnight trips, which is a fun way to get off campus for a bit and have some fun with your peers!
If you’re an avid reader, join a book club
It’s easy to get lost in your text books when you are a student, sometimes making it a challenge to find time to read for pleasure! Book clubs are a great way to get that fun read in, and because you’ll be accountable to others, you’ll be more likely to make the time necessary to sit back and take a break with your book!