The Richland Office of Student Life is hosting Club Fair, an event held every semester. It will take place in the East Breezeway, Jan. 30-31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Different clubs will set up booths in El Paso lounge. Students can find out about campus clubs and ask questions about their activities and missions.
Clubs are a big part of the Richland community and cater to the needs of various interest groups.
“Last semester we had 46 clubs. We average between 35 and 50 clubs per semester,” said Kristi Battles, student life coordinator.
With this average, there is more than enough variety to cater to the student body. The clubs range from religious clubs to gender empowering networks and one can always create a club if they feel there is a need for it.
Creating a club involves meeting several requirements to help it run smoothly.
“A full-time staff [member] or faculty adviser, completed paperwork to include a club petition, constitution and officer roster [for new clubs], officer roster for returning clubs and risk management training for all clubs,” Battles said.
“A club petition requires 10 signatures from current credit students. There is no minimum or maximum number of club members required to be considered a club,” she added.
Joining a club can be really helpful in terms of giving students a platform to express themselves as well as creating networking opportunities. It gives students a place to find other students with similar interests. Club networking can help students get recommendations for classes, make job connections and even find help filing their taxes.
“Yes, me joining a club has been helpful, especially a Christian club. I already wanted to be part of one coming to school, so just finding one that fits what I was looking for has been really helpful. I made very close friends and have gotten to know a lot of people,” said Javiera Pinochet, president of the Fellowship of Christian University Students (F.O.C.U.S.)
Extra-curricular activities help students foster a community and support system within the school environment. Connecting with a club gives students the opportunity to make friendships that will extend beyond a college setting and into the work environment. Clubs can also help students deal with feelings of isolation.
“I feel like sometimes college can be a very lonely place. I feel like people that get involved in clubs are able to grow in their social skills and just meet new people that can help you in the real world later on,” Pinochet said.
Club Fair is a great avenue for students to learn about different clubs on campus that meet their interests. It’s also an opportunity for clubs with similar agendas to collaborate in order to merge their interest groups and help students network.