August 9, 2011

20 Tips for first-year students: #2- Choose clubs that match you

Second in this 20-part video series is my friend Alex Dalton (fifth-year Honours international relations) discussing the best way to choose the club that fit you at Mount Allison.

Every year Mount Allison's student government, the Students' Administrative Council (SAC), organizes an activities fair (known as the SACtivities Fair) every September during Orientation Week. This event features most of the clubs on campus which actively recruit new members every year. This is your chance to sign up for as many club mailing lists as you'd like to find out more about the club to decide if you're interested in coming to meetings.

I would recommend finding at least five clubs that really pique your interest and find out more information. Once you go to a few meetings, you’ll discover which ones you’re likely to stick with and you can simply ask to be removed from the other lists. This way you get the find what’s a match for you and your schedule.

To give you an idea of what’s possible, I started out as an entertainment writer for Mount Allison's student newspaper The Argosy, was on multiple SAC committees and did Leadership Mount Allison my first year. Now, in my fourth year, I’m the Online Editor for The Argosy and the Atlantic International Studies Organization and lead Mount Allison’s Amnesty International Chapter. It might take you a while to decide what you’re most passionate about, but you can be sure that you’ll find something you like and if you dedicate yourself to it, you can have the opportunity to lead groups in your upper years. Also, if there's an interest you're passionate which there isn't yet a club for on campus it's easy to start a new group and, if approved by the SAC, be eligible to apply for funding.

Geoff Campbell
Communications Assistant
Mount Allison University