The club fair, taking place on Sunday, August 25 at 1 pm, wraps up orientation week. It offers a glimpse into the extracurricular activities that RIT offers, including clubs, recreational sports, acapella group, greek organizations, and special interest houses. Since there are over 200 clubs/activities in attendance, BTB wanted to provide you with some tips and tricks to survive the club fair (and find your next passion and new friends). It’s something you won’t want to miss!
1. Bring a Friend
From our own experiences, bringing a friend (or friends) is a must especially if they have similar interests as you. Ask someone from your orientation group, your roommate, or even go with a group from your floor. You can wander the fair together, talk to various tables, and it will be much easier to go through all the club tables.
2. Sign Up
Learn about and sign up for clubs that have any interest in (even if it is just a slight interest). It’s much easier to be on their email lists, show up to a meeting or two, and then decide if it is right for you; rather than not signing up at all. You can always email the club afterward that you’re not interested anymore or if it doesn't fit with your schedule.
3. Interact With the Tables
Say Hi! Don’t be afraid to talk to the students at the club tables; they are there to answer your questions. They also might have free stuff...such as candy, stickers, and fliers. Ask them questions such as: What is this club about? What do you do? When do you meet? What if I’ve never done this activity before but I want to try it? You’ll get the information right from the source. They can offer you advice and maybe convince you to join! Even if you don’t end up joining, it never hurts to learn a little more about what happens on campus.
4. Clue Dues?
Some clubs will have dues associated with them, and some might have activities that cost you a small fee (especially if they involve doing something off-campus). Don’t let this deter you! They won’t charge you any more than what is absolutely necessary to run the club effectively. It will definitely be worth it!
5. Interested in Sports?
Club, intramural, and some varsity sports will be attending. Whether you played a sport in high school and want to keep playing, play pick-up with your friends in your free time, or have no experience and are looking for something new, there are loads of sports teams you join for all skill levels. There are club sports with tryouts, practices, and competitive game schedules. Intramural sports are also a good option to grab a group of friends (or make some new ones) and play a little less competitive style of games. Crew and cheerleading are both varsity teams that take walk-ons. Find their tables, and they'll be willing to talk to you about it and how to sign up!
6. Don't Get Overwhelmed
The club goes on for a few hours, so you’ll have plenty of time to get through it all. If you get tired from walking, talking, or listening, feel free to take a break. Take a walk outside the field house or explore the Hale-Andrews Student Life Center and all the facilities RIT offers. The fair can become information overload, so don’t feel bad about stopping at a table getting the basic info and saving it for later. You don’t have to talk to everyone for the same amount of time.
7. Don't Forget to Have Fun
The whole point of the club fair is to explore what extracurriculars RIT offers and how you can make the most of your time here at RIT. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to try some new things! Sign up for something volunteer-based, a passion of yours, or just completely new and exciting. There’s a lot of downtime in college (believe it or not) and clubs will help you from getting bored and give you some awesome friendships and experiences.
8. Couldn't Find Something You Were Looking For?
Don’t worry, smaller club fairs are held throughout the year in the SAU and you can also search for clubs on the Campus Groups. Once you locate what you’re looking for, reach out to the club and tell them you’re interested in learning more about it! If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, you can start one of your own! Take a look at the process here.
Now you might be thinking, why should I even sign up for or join clubs at all...my freshman schedule already looks like a lot of work. Well, we all know that college can be hard, but extracurriculars offer you a chance to take a break from classwork and spend some time doing stuff that you like to do. This is very important and cannot be stressed enough. You’re going to have more free time than you think. Unlike high school, you won’t be in class from 8 am to 3 pm and you might be looking for some things to do to fill your day. Clubs are a great chance to meet new people, discover new things, and embrace something you love to do.
Now, we know it sounds cliche but it's true, college is a great opportunity to try new things, make new friends and ultimately have the time of your life!
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