Written for The Argo by Esmeralda Rivera
A new semester means new students, which means new members of new clubs!
Throughout Tuesday, January 24th, and Wednesday, January 25th, the Stockton student body had the pleasure of meeting and reconnecting with all the extracurricular organizations on campus, from Greek fraternities and sororities to relaxing art clubs. New freshman and transfer students got to meet all the club members while continuing students got to know about clubs they never knew existed, or never considered before. It was a great way to brighten up the rainy weather looming over Galloway Township, the festively-decorated tables easily lighting up the campus with their colors and creativity.
Many known clubs made an appearance at the fair, like First Ospreys, Stockton Student Senate, Stockton’s award-winning Dance Team, the Stockton Cheerleaders, and many other organizations. But the fair also gave new clubs an introduction, like the Poetry Club, as well as giving smaller clubs the chance to make themselves known after spending time under the radar. Some old clubs were revived from their dormant state to invite new members in, like the Geology Club.
Another organization that called some attention to itself at the Fair was the Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, the first multicultural sorority in the United States, founded in 1981. They will be holding a Ladies Night Informational meeting in the Atlantic City Campus, room B119, on February 7th, at 7:00 PM. Their Instagram is @zaona_msu.
Other Greek organizations also made an appearance, making it their second this semester since the Meet the Greeks event. The NPC (National Panhellenic Conference) sororities even extended their Recruitment Form from January 22nd to January 25th in order to give interested students the chance to sign up during the Fair.
Rebecca Nagy Miller is a sophomore majoring in Business with a concentration in Marketing. She was at the table promoting the Inclusive Leadership Conference, which operates under the Cultural Engagement Ospreys. “The mission of the ILC is to equip and empower students to advance in their communities and excel in their careers,” Miller explained. She stated that the ILC is “an entertainment/career-readiness event with aspects of intersectionality”, holding workshops for students belonging to many diverse groups.
They offer great opportunities for college students to kickstart their careers, even offering benefits like free professional headshots, free professional clothing, and advice for choosing their permanent careers and finding job opportunities. Their next event is on Friday, April 14th, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Campus Center. Their Instagram is @su.inclusiveleadership.
Tuisa Khan, a second-year Sociology and Anthropology major, is not new to Stockton, but still signed up for new clubs at this semester’s fair, having gotten the chance to revisit clubs she might have overlooked. “Walking around, there’s a lot of very nice clubs, obviously, but you [have] to go up to them and see what they’re about, [what] their mission [is], and if you feel like that’s what aligns with you, I’d say, ‘Join that!’. There’s a lot to learn from and grow from a lot of people, [with] community service,” Khan expressed. “The main reason why I’m joining is for knowledge, to learn from other people’s experiences— you learn from your own experiences.”
If you missed us at the Get Involved Fair, The Argo Student Newspaper members meet in Meeting Room 212D on the second floor of the Campus Center on Tuesdays, at 5:30 p.m. For a more relaxed club, Stockpot Literary Magazine meets in the Creative Writing Lab (F218) every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., and Literature Club meets in the same room at the same time on Thursdays.
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