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Getting Involved at FSU

October 4, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

There are over 600 student-oriented clubs offered at FSU, which can undoubtedly be overwhelming to incoming freshman looking to get involved. Ranging from the skydiving club to medical and law-based clubs, the question is, where do you even begin? It’s best to look online through all of the clubs offered, and then choose one or two you think will suit your interests. The point of joining a club is to enjoy it; not for it to be another stressful obligation on your plate. Whatever you are studying in school may be a great place to start in regards to finding the right fit. I will narrow it down to just a few clubs that are most recognized here at FSU.

Advertising Club: While it’s one of the more expensive clubs to participate in, it’s very beneficial for those majoring in Advertising, Communications, English, etc. The club works with several big advertising agencies and provides students with real world experience, making it a great investment. The club also takes a trip each year to visit major agencies; this year, the trip was to New York!

Her Campus FSU

Her Campus FSU

Her Campus: While this is generally geared towards a more female staff, males are certainly not excluded if they are interested in writing for this huge global site. FSU has its own Her Campus chapter that is progressing more and more each year. The student-based staff provides the latest on entertainment, career, fashion, and so much more. It’s a great community to get involved in and is recognized by several other schools, which also have accessible links on the Her Campus site. If Her Campus doesn’t interest you, there are plenty of other clubs offered for those passionate about writing and editing. The Kudzu Review and the The Eggplant are two of which, and are more geared towards a gender-neutral staff.

Bowling Club: The bowling club at FSU is popular since we have a bowling alley located on campus, making it convenient for those interested in joining. What many students enjoy about this particular club is that it promotes recreational activity and can be enjoyed any time throughout the year without the worry of weather. Members even have the privilege of participating in tournaments and exhibitions to represent FSU as a team.

Center for Global Engagement: This organization works to increase global awareness and diversity at FSU, participating in several cross-cultural exchanges. This is an important program, and is especially beneficial for those passionate about studying abroad and learning about different cultures around the world.

Healthy Noles: College students are more aware of their health than ever before, which is why this is a growing club at FSU. It facilitates and promotes the understanding of leading a healthier lifestyle through proper diet and exercise while in college, which we know can be a difficult task between drinking and cheap fast food.

Healthy Noles

Healthy Noles

Habitat for Humanity: This nonprofit organization takes part in several community service events to promote housing for those suffering poverty. If you are better at hands-on activities and enjoy being in the outdoors, then this may be the club for you.

Fraternities/ Sororities: While Greek life technically only constitutes 16 percent of the FSU population, it still seems to play a very significant role at the university. If you’re interested in narrowing down your group of friends at such a large school, then a fraternity of sorority may be the best organization for you. Not only does it allow you to meet people that will become practically like family, but it also increases your social life by engaging you in different activities and participating in multiple events throughout the year. In the end, it always seems to be rewarding for those who are really passionate about joining.

With these only being a few of the many beneficial clubs to join at FSU, there is simply no excuse to not get involved during your time at the university. Be sure to attend the first-day meetings to see if you think it’s the right pick for you, and do your research beforehand to pick out what you think suits you best. It’s all about enjoying these extracurriculars as a small break away from school and making friends with students who share the same interests as you. FSU offers a site that allows you do limit your search by simply typing in your interests. Click on the link provided to begin your quest, and get involved! https://nolecentral.dsa.fsu.edu.

Clubs and Organizations at Assumption!

May 17, 2015 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life

The second you step foot on Assumption’s campus, you’ll have people encouraging you to join clubs and to participate in any organization that you can. Assumption has a number of clubs and organizations to join, so it can seem overwhelming. I’ve narrowed them down to the best ones that I know of and have heard of, if you’re thinking about going there…here it goes.

Assumption Relay for Life!

Assumption Relay for Life!

1. CAB: This is more of an organization than a club, but it’s probably the biggest one on campus and the one that you will hear about the most. CAB stands for campus activities board, and it’s exactly what it sounds like. This group of people or students organizes many events on campus from Sibling’s weekend, to weekly events with comedians and musicians. Basically, when you go on a tour and a parent asks what “goes on” on the weekend, the tour guide will talk about CAB events, rather than the binge drinking and parties. CAB puts on some awesome events, and you technically pay for it with you’re tuition so I have tried to go to a number of them. You always get free food, prizes, and other fun stuff. As far as joining, it personally wasn’t my cup of tea, because I hate planning things and just never had enough time, but the people that I know that were in this organization absolutely loved it and made so many friends. If you’re looking for something to be involved in, this is a great way!

2. Reach Out Center: If you’re into volunteering, or just have some free time, I would encourage you to join the reach out center. They have so many opportunities for you to take part in, and the handling of everything is pretty professional. Through this club you can volunteer in many different places in Worcester that people have already volunteered at, so you will be welcomed and they will be familiar with an Assumption student their. It’s also really nice because at the end of the year they have a “social” where you get free food and t-shirts. This is the best way to get involved, volunteer, and make a difference on campus!

3. Academic Club: Of course, Assumption has an academic club for almost every major on campus. If you’re really passionate about your major or a subject, I would suggest joining one of these clubs. They’re a great resume booster and you can meet other people who have similar interests as you!

4. Relay for Life: This is  one of my favorite clubs/organizations on campus, because I have seen it grow tremendously in my four years there. The relay committee plans and puts on the Relay for Life event each year, and they spend almost the entire year preparing for it. Over the year they have fundraisers and other fun things to raise money to put on the event and to donate to Relay For Life. So many people on campus have gotten involved in Relay because it is for a great cause that has affected so many people, and because the event is awesome! From what I’ve seen, people involved in this absolutely love planning it all year and then seeing how great the event turns out. Each year, the event gets stronger and the money raised increases as well – they also pick really cool themes for each event that make them really fun! Just this past year, Assumption’s Relay committee and event raised almost $30,000! That is amazing for a school as small as Assumption. If you’ve ever been affected by cancer any way, or if you just want to help raise money for a great cause, I would highly suggest participating or even joining the committee!

So, there you have it – these are my favorite clubs/organizations at Assumption College that I think you should pursue! Of course, there are over 60 different clubs that you can choose from, so if you decide to go to Assumption, make sure your attend the majors fair that will showcase them all! Good Luck!

The CC Scene Told Through Disney Movies

April 17, 2015 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Health, Love, Sports

I absolutely love watching movies about the college experience. So what better way than to tell you the ABSOLUTE truth about the CC social scene than through DISNEY MOVIES? Yes, you read right. #enjoy

Monsters University

1. STUDY, STUDY, STUDY. AND MORE STUDY. Monsters University is probably one of the best sequels in all of Disney movie history! (Sorry Disney, we only speak the truth.) What makes this movie even more fantastic? IT CANNOT BE MORE TRUE! Part of a community college social scene are people studying. If you have goals to reach, the library might just be your BFF! One-eyed Mike Wazowski has the dream of being a full-fledged scarer, and he knows that studying is one way to get there! So what are you all doing? Let’s get to studying! #hopontoit

The Rescuers

2. THE CLUB LIFE. We crown Bernard and Miss Bianca King and Queen of The Club Life! Community College is all about networking, and what better way to do that than to join clubs? Join clubs that you take interest in! Are you a woman with a voice? Feminist Club may be your calling. Do you have a knack for acting? The Theatre Club would love to have you! Of course if saving little children from villainous people if your thing, the Rescue Aid Society may be hiring in your area. #rescuersreference

Hercules

3. ZERO TO HERO. The social scene is more than just joining clubs and studying. It’s also about staying fit and staying healthy! Many college students take part in after- school activities such as sports. Taking part in a sport gives you discipline and allows you to meet people with the same passion you do. In my opinion, if it worked for Hercules, it could work for you, too! Who doesn’t want killer abs and toned legs for beach season? #notme!

Lady and the Tramp

4. THE OCCASIONAL DATE. Yes, once in while you will get asked out and hopefully, he or she will sweep you off your feet! This is one of the most looked-forwarded to things when it comes to embracing the social scene in college. Have fun and enjoy the time you have meeting new girls or guys. BUT, don’t let your emotions cloud your head! This is still school, which means you need to keep your grades in check and at all times! So with that said; Stop day- dreaming and get back to studying!

Tangled

5. LEAVE THE TOWER. Rapunzel knows what she’s doing; It’s time to leave the tower. Yes, of course you may take a break from studying so hard in the library! Explore the community surrounding your college! I go to school in Pasadena, California which is great because just five minutes away is an outdoor mall! Tons of college kids hang around the surrounding community after school to relax and enjoy the college life. You did more than just apply to go to school, you also applied to become part of the community. Take advantage of it. It could just end up being your #bestdayever.

Sleeping Beauty

6. FOR THE MOST PART. Aurora has the right idea. Sleeping is the one thing you will be doing for most of your college experience. Because let’s face it, after studying hard, joining clubs, working out, going on romantic dates, and exploring the surrounding community, we just become DEAD TIRED. Right, Aurora? #imakemyselflaughsometimes Luckily for us college kids, we don’t need a kiss from a prince or princess to wake us up. So after you get your beauty sleep, you better wake up and do it again. Like now. #onrepeat

Until Next Time!

 

Clubs at VMI

March 5, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Sports

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If you decide to attend the Virginia Military Institute you should know right away that your time is very limited, especially your first year. During your first year you don’t really get the option to join many clubs since they keep you pretty busy with other activities. However, once you complete the first six months of your first year you can join just about any club you want! There are a variety of different types of clubs, so you can choose anything that suits your fancy. The clubs range from academic, to theater, to sports clubs and there really aren’t any bad ones that are looked down upon, because if there were the school wouldn’t allow us to have them.

So to start off with the more academic side of things these are your options.

American Chemical Society

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Economics and Business Association

Cadet Investment Group

English Society

Honors Forum

Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers

International Relations

Pre-Law Society

Society of Physics Students

Tau Beta Pi

These options give you a range of different groups that you might like to join, especially if there is one that is also your major.

 

Next are the club sports. If you don’t want to participate in sports as an NCAA athlete, then these are a great alternative.

Basketball (Men’s & Women’s)

Boxing

Rugby (Men’s & Women’s)

Equestrian

Soccer

Field Hockey

Tennis

Golf

Powerlifting

Ice Hockey

Trap & Skeet

Jiu-Jitsu

Triathlon

Lacrosse

Ultimate

Marathon

Volleyball

Pistol

Water Polo (Men’s)

Wrestling

Painball

 

Next are the publications clubs that you can be a part of. If you like to write and/or take pictures then you can either join The Cadet Newspaper or The Bomb, which is our yearbook. Both are cadet run publications and are looking for writers and photographers all the time.

 

Next are the special interest groups. These range from a variety of different interest and thus why they are called special interest.

Acoustic Guitar

Android/iphone App

Ballroom Dance

Big Red

Civil War Roundtable

College Republicans

College Democrats

Eagle Scouts

Fishing Club

Knitting and Crocheting

Marksmanship Club

Recycling Club

Scuba Club

Soaring Club

Yell Leaders

 

The military clubs are next and as you might have guessed revolve around the military, so if you are really motivated and Hooah about the military then you might want to consider joining one of these clubs.

Armed Forces Aviation

Arnold Air Society

Association of the U.S. Army

Cadet Battery

LDAC

Marshall-New Market Battalion

Ranger Challenge

Semper Fi Society

Tanker Platoon

Trident Society

Special Actions Detachment

Veterans

 

The religious clubs are next. So if there is a specific denomination that you follow then there just might be a club for it as well that meets on a weekly basis! Check the list below.

Baptist Student Union

Canterbury Fellowship

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Lutheran Student Union

Newman Club

Officers Christian Fellowship

Presbyterian Campus Ministry

Religious Council

United Methodist Christian Fellowship

 

If you are really interested in public service then you might consider joining or participating in the many service clubs that are available. These include the following:

Blood Mobile

Cadet Program Board

Cadet Recreation Committee

Emergency Response Team

Firefighters

International Club

Search and Rescue Squad

Timber Framers

Engineers Without Borders

 

Last and certainly not least are the music and theater clubs. Here is the wide variety that we have available.

Commanders jazz ensemble

Glee Club

Herald Trumpets

Men in Grey a cappella group

Pipes and Drums

Progressive Music Club

Brass Ensemble

Regimental Band

Timmins-Gentry Music Society

Theatre

So overall, no matter what your interests are there are tons of choices for clubs and if we don’t have what you like then you can always start one yourself! However, I think you can find at least one that can occupy the rest of your time at the I.

Top 10 Signs You’re Probably Still In Your Comfort Zone

October 15, 2014 in Campus Life, Top 10 Lists

No Magic Ever Happens In The Comfort Zone

No Magic Ever Happens In The Comfort Zone

College is a time to put yourself out there and experience new things. The best way to enjoy college is to jump right in and immerse yourself in it. But how do you know if you’ve fully put yourself out there? If you’re stuck in a few of these routines, you probably haven’t stepped out of your comfort zone.

1. You don’t know anyone in your classes. First of all, never skip an opportunity to make friends. Second, if you don’t understand something, homework and study groups can be an excellent resource.

2. You go straight back to your dorm after class. It makes sense. You’ve got a lot of homework, so you go straight to your dorm to take care of it. But here’s the deal: being by yourself, surrounded by homework at all times of the day is not healthy for your mental, physical, or spiritual health. Do yourself a favor and take a break. Enjoy some fresh air. Hang out with some new people.

3. You’re not in any clubs. Clubs can be a bit of a time commitment and you may have piles and piles of homework to do. But even if you join one club, the time you spend participating in that activity can be a great stress reducer and you get to meet new people who share common interests.

4. You only associate with the same five people. So you’ve found your group of friends and you don’t feel like you need anymore. That’s fine. But keep in mind that you’re missing out on the opportunity to meet some people who very well may positively impact your life in a big way.

5. Your roommate is your only friend. This is a bigger issue than the last one. Yes, you and your roommate have beat the odds and are now the best of friends. But that doesn’t mean you should shut others out.

6. For a conversation to start, you wait for other people to initiate. Some people are shy and others are out-going. That’s just how people are. But college is a time to reinvent yourself. As hard as it might be to start off, try to be the first one to start a conversation. What’s the worst thing that could happen?

7. You don’t go to events and activities because you don’t think you’ll fit in with the crowd. You shouldn’t ever have to worry about fitting in. Either people accept the real you or they don’t. You take it as it is and move on. But if something looks fun, don’t let your worries hinder your chances at having a good time.

8. You decided not to take a class because it sounds weird. Don’t pick or reject a class because of this. Read course descriptions and talk to peers before your pick something. So the class sounds like it might be a little out there. If you have space for electives, try it out.

9. You don’t leave campus unless you’re going home. Get out and explore. So what if your campus is nice! Unless you’re in the middle of nowhere, there’s plenty to explore. And if you are in the middle of nowhere, still leave campus anyways. You need to know what the areas surrounding your school are like.

10. You go home every weekend. Homesickness is real. No one is disputing that. But how do you get close to your new friends and immerse yourself in college life if you aren’t even around?