When I came to Cabrini as a freshman, I knew I wanted to get involved on campus, but I wasn’t quite sure how. I remembered meeting so many groups, clubs, and other organizations at Accepted Students Day, but I didn’t know or remember how to get in touch with them once I was actually at school. I am sure many of you will feel the same way as an incoming freshman, and that’s okay!
Every semester, the Student Engagement and Leadership office hosts an event in Grace Hall/on the Commons for students called the Involvement Fair. At the Involvement Fair, you get to walk around (get free stuff! Wooooo!) and meet all the different student leaders who run and participate in all Cabrini has to offer. Plus, there's food! However, food isn't the only reason you should attend the Involvement Fair...
The Involvement Fair is the best way to get to know the different activities Cabrini has to offer. Walking around, you get the chance to ask presidents and other leaders about their organization or office. You get the chance to know other students, and sign up for interest meetings for organizations you want to get involved in. Most of the tables have information packets, games, prizes, or free giveaways to help remind you of them as you meet more and more people.
Here are some questions that I hear about the Involvement Fair:
What types of “free giveaways” are at the Involvement Fair?
Well this could be anything from student planners, cups, pens, pencils, foam fingers, drawstring bags, white boards, food, personalized signs with your name on it, meme mugs, candy, bamboo plants, stickers, and more.
What can I learn at the Involvement Fair?
Lots! There are a lot of clubs and important offices that participate in the event. As a freshman you can walk around and meet important faculty that work in the Residence Life office, or the Student Engagement and Leadership Office (SEaL). These offices will explain their role on campus so as you grow as a student you know what office you need to go visit when you want to sign up for a fun trip, or potentially have a problem with a future roommate. You can sign up for clubs that you would be interested in getting to know more. After signing up, the student leaders of those organizations will contact you about attending an interest meeting!
There are so many things to join, how do I know what is best for me?
Trust me, I felt the same way. I think I signed almost every sheet at every table as a freshman. I didn’t know what I wanted to get involved in, or what I really wanted to do. Just know this, there is no harm in signing up, the sheets you sign for the most part just tell the student leaders that you are interested in finding out more about their organization, it doesn’t necessarily commit you to anything. They will call or email you later to let you know the time and date of their next meeting. If you would like to attend, you can, if not, no harm done. This is a time to branch out and see what things you COULD be interested in.
As I said, there are tons of organizations on campus to join, but here is a list of just a few:
- Black Student Union (BSU)
- Pura Vida
- Woodcrest Literary Magazine
- Campus Activities and Programming Board (CAP Board)
- Culture Shock (Anime and Asian Culture Club)
- WYBF (Radio)
- Cabrini Friends of Exceptional Children (CFEC)
- Rotaract (a Community Service club)
- Science Club
- Green Team (Environmental Club)