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Did you know that ASU has more than 1,000 clubs and student organizations on campus? You read that right: 1,500. At Passport to ASU during Welcome Week, more than 600 of those clubs and organizations were represented so students could meet them and join. (If you missed it, that’s okay. You can join most clubs any time, and there are involvement fairs every semester.)
With so many options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, and you might not know where to begin. Don’t worry — we’ve got some advice to help you break it down into something a little simpler.
First, before you even go to any meetings, take a look at SunDevilSync, which hosts all 1,500+ active clubs and organizations. You can search by campus, keywords or categories, like “Political,” “Health/Wellness,” “Sports/Recreation” and more. This will help you narrow down your options to specific topics you know you’re interested in. You’ll be able to read a brief summary of the club, see any upcoming events and find contact info. To start, just try finding two or three different clubs you want to look into further.
Once you’ve picked out a few clubs, it’s time to attend a meeting. If you’re going to the first meeting of the year, you can expect introductions and possibly some icebreaker games, as well as going over the meeting schedule for the rest of the semester and the goals of the club.
If you decide you’d like to formally join the group, you might be asked to provide an email address so that the club officers can keep in touch with you, or provide your availability so that the club can choose a time to meet that works for everyone. Some clubs will have a more formal process than others.
Remember, you’re not obligated to keep going to meetings if you decide the group isn’t for you, but it’s a good idea to attend more than one meeting before you decide. Think about what you’d like to get out of the experience: are you looking for a more casual social experience, or a group with specific activities and goals in mind? You can try various clubs throughout the school year as you explore your options. With so many clubs and organizations at ASU, you’re likely to find multiple groups related to your interests.
And if it turns out the club scene isn’t really your jam, that’s okay — there are lots of other ways to get involved on campus and make new friends.
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