Get involved this year: Campus clubs for all!

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A great way to enrich your experience as a University of Saskatchewan student is to join a campus club! There are a number of clubs on campus specific to various interests, activities, colleges or departments — so you’re bound to find one that suits your fancy.

If you’re looking for a club specific to your studies, chances are your program has one at the U of S. Joining an academic club — particularly one specific to your future career — is a great way to network and will often provide you with the opportunity to engage with professionals working in that particular field of study.

Some clubs at the U of S specific to academic programs include, but by no means are limited to, the Computer Science Students’ Society, the Education Students’ Society and the History Undergraduate Students’ Association.

The Geological Engineering Student Society received first place in Surveying and second place in the Equipment Handling competition at the Canadian Mining Games 2017.

There are also clubs within academic programs geared toward a particular direction in that field. For example, the Sports Law Club is for those students studying law with a keen interest in sports law. Amongst other things, this clubs provides its members with the opportunity to hear guest speakers discuss topics such as player management and contract negotiations.

Whichever Canadian political party you may support, the U of S most likely has a club for it. Ranging from the U of S New Democratic Party to the U of S Conservatives, you can easily find an outlet for your political angst. These clubs are a great way to engage with both provincial and federal politics and become an involved citizen.

If you’re looking for a way to work some physical activity into your busy student schedule, consider joining one of the various sports and fitness groups on campus. To name a few, there are U of S Barbell and the U of S Kinsmen/ Kinette Club. This is a great way to take a break from all that studying and paper writing and get in a fun and energizing workout.

There are many clubs that provide students with the opportunity to volunteer with different organizations. Best Buddies U of S aims to pair, organize and foster relationships between U of S students and individuals in the community with intellectual disabilities. Monthly events are hosted to maintain these friendships.

For interests lying outside of academics, there are various clubs to join if you’re just looking for a little fun! For example, the U of S Games Club gets together once a month to play board games and video games. The club even organizes tournaments to participate in, along with an annual 24-hour gaming marathon to raise money for the children’s hospital.

Nifty Knitters is a group for students who love to knit or crochet, or for those who want to give it a try. Most of the products made in the club are then donated to shelters in Saskatoon to help provide warm clothing for the winter.

If none of these groups pique your interest, there are over 75 ratified campus clubs, so chances are you can find one that suits you. Check out the U of S Students’ Union website to find a list of all ratified student clubs. This page will provide you with the complete list of groups, a summary of what the group is about and contact information if you wish to join the group or ask any further questions.

If you can’t seem to find a group that suits your interests, consider starting your own. All the information you need to know to get started is provided on the USSU’s website as well.

Take a chance and try something new — who knows, maybe you’ll find a hidden passion. Joining a campus club is a great way to become involved, build campus culture and make your time at the U of S that much more memorable!

Bridget Morrison

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