Clubs on campus: Why are freshmen so eager to join?

By: Christina Collazo

From Forensic Psychology to Hall Council, clubs at Kean University have expanded across a full scope of career fields and interests that with more than 130 student groups and 33 Greek Organizations, new students can find a club that benefits their future.

While academic grades are imperative for job applications and career success, many employers are also looking for well-rounded candidates with demonstrated participation in extra-curricular activities. Clubs and organizations give students a sense of community and brotherhood that is accessible outside of the classroom.

“Clubs are a great way to network and meet friends on campus,” said Kylie Levy, a freshman at Kean University.

The average student participates in two campus activities according to a 2009 NASPA report, which surveyed more than 14,000 students from 35 U.S. colleges and universities. “Students who attend smaller colleges tend to become involved in more organizations,” the report stated.

Joining a club opens the door to building new friendships, enhancing academic life, and exploring career opportunities. It will also teach students important leadership and management skills needed when working in any career field. When in a student organization at Kean University students may be expected to plan campus-wide academic, cultural, religious or social events, as well as working on various aspects of student publications, competing in athletic competitions or debate tournaments, attending leadership seminars, and organizing community service projects.

“I though that this club would be a great way to help student and get involved on campus,” said Charline Santiago, a member of ACCENTS.

ACCENTS is a intercultural club that provides students with an opportunity to use English outside of the class, to help students to improve their English, to arrange meetings, and to help them gain confidence.

“This club is a great way for international students coming to Kean to have an easier transition and feel welcomed,” Santiago said.

Clubs and organizations improve social and educational growth on college campuses. It can give students exposure to their fields or get them involved in a cause. College is a time for students to meet people and explore new talents and clubs help with making the transition easier. Organizations get students involved in the college campus and as incoming students arrive it helps them to become comfortable with their new surroundings.

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