Loud chatter, video games, and the smell of food that definitely wasn’t intended as bait filled the student mingling area on Wednesday the 13th as student clubs settled into their tables for the better part of the day.
The Quill sat huddled in the corner with our offerings of mini donuts and cinnamon buns drawing in the curious and the hungry alike. Next to us BUGA a.k.a the Brandon University’s Gaming Association set themselves up with a T.V. and console, and other groups scattered around the room were eagerly recruiting. ENACTUS and Brandon University Memes could be found sharing a table, Brandon University Varsity Christian Fellowship sat across from us brining in unsuspecting students in with Tim Horton’s Tim Bits (well played). Other clubs included The Brandon University Dance Club, The Biology Club, Brandon University Rugby, BU WUSC, BUFASA, BUTC,BUASC, JSA, and plenty others! If the acronyms are terrifying and confusing, hop onto the Brandon University Student Union’s website for the full listing of various club organizations- included is contact information for the various student organizations so if you’re worried you missed your chance don’t be! Send a quick email or poke around on social media and get in touch with whichever club strikes your fancy. Chances are they’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Though fair warning all the free food from club day has probably been inhaled by now- the starving student trope is real and alive.
If you’re wondering why on top of balancing your studies, work, and the generally stress inducing experience of being alive you’d want to join a club, there are plenty of reasons! First of all they’re a great way to meet people with similar interests and keep up your social life. Especially for those of you who are maybe new to the campus and are looking to meet some people that aren’t local Russian singles in your area, clubs are a great way to make some comrades and get familiar with student life in general. Not to mention the advantages that add onto your resume. Whether it’s having your written work published in the school newspaper or getting involved in your community, commitment to a club will teach you plenty of marketable skills that will definitely make your time at university worthwhile aside from that fancy piece of paper with your name on it.
You’re not going to be at Brandon University forever, so take advantage of any and all opportunities to enjoy and make the most of your time here. Clubs probably aren’t something you considered applying for, but this is as good an opportunity as any. Join that club you wanted to today! There is no time like the present.