Club Fair Gets Students Involved, Builds Chances of Success
The Club Fair held this week at Penn State DuBois gave students the chance to learn about more than two dozen student clubs on campus, and provided the opportunity for new members to sign up.
Current club members set up tables in the Student Union where they displayed information about their club and what it's all about. Clubs on campus range from recreational organizations, to service organizations dedicated to helping others and the community. The diverse variety of clubs offers extracurricular involvement for almost any interest. The fair is a one-stop venue where club members can get the word out about their organization, and where students who want to become involved can take the first steps to do so.
"The fair was a good way for me to come and learn about what clubs there are and gather more information about them," said Trevor Butcher, of Emmaus, PA, who signed up for the Information Technology (IT) Club while at the fair. He noted that he's a long way from home, and that getting involved helps to make it easier to adjust. He said, "It's a good way to meet people and make new friends. I'm four hours away from home. So, I want to get involved while I'm here and make the most out of college."
Natalie Kadingo, a sophomore from DuBois, joined the campus THON committee during the Club Fair, where she'll help to raise money for Penn State's dance marathon that benefits the fight against pediatric cancer. She said, "It's a good cause, just something good to be involved in. I knew I wanted to join, and this made it really easy and convieneninet for me to do that."
Involvement in college clubs can also do a great deal for a student after graduation. Assistant Director of Student Affairs Marly Doty said, "Out of class involvement really helps to build a résumé. It shows employers that graduates applying for jobs with them are motivated. So, they're more likely to get jobs when the graduate."
Doty also noted that the enjoyment and well-rounded experience that students get from club activities helps them to strike a balance in school and life. She said, "You need fun and stress relief as a student, too. It's important to have a balanced life, and this goes a long way toward achieving that."