Editorial: Involvement Fair is the perfect opportunity for students old and new
Published: Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 20:09
Wednesday – today – is the date of the annual Fall Involvement Fair. Between 2 and 7 P.M. in the Field House (across from the Student Union) 350 student organizations have been given permission to set up a display to attract incoming students to their organizations. Students who come looking and eager to join organizations will be given a map so they can locate what type of organization they are looking for.
Types of organizations you’ll find at the Involvement Fair include cultural organizations, Greek Life, non-profit organizations, academic clubs, athletic clubs, and art clubs, among others.
The Involvement Fair is really an incredible event where students get to sign anywhere from zero to a dozen, to 350 e-mail lists and only respond to two. Either way, the Involvement Fair is where many relationships between students and campus life begins. Last year, roughly 5,000 students attended the Fall Involvement Fair to begin building their resume and help change the world with organizations like Love146 and Invisible Children. Others joined to make new friends with the American English Language Institute, University of Connecticut (UCAELI). Still, others hope to learn something new and taste the delicious cuisine of the Arab Cultural Association or hang out with the Taiwanese Student Association. Capoeira and Bringing Awareness Into Latino Ethnicities (B.A.I.L.E.) helps students not only learn, but get in shape.
There are so many things to see and do at the Fall Involvement Fair that it’d be foolish not to go. New organizations join UConn’s extracurricular team every year and even if you don’t attend every meeting or respond to every e-mail that piles into your UConn Account, it’s ok! You’ll be sure to find at least one organization there that speaks to you so clearly and intentionally that you’ll be inspired to go to every meeting, partake in every discussion, and help plan events all year.
Try to find just a little bit of time between classes and meal times to head over to the Field House and check out the nearly 400 tables of student organizations. You’ll be handed incredible opportunities to make friends, build skills you never knew you had, and travel the world without leaving Storrs. For example, the Daily Campus will have a table at the Involvement Fair, and we always need more commentary writers.
So do you have an opinion? Do you want to tell other people what to think? Join the Daily Campus! If you have an opinion, but don’t want to write about it, try Freethinkers! There’s something for everyone.