What are we here for?

Club membership: more than a cure for your cravings

Emy Wood

At the mention of free food, any college student’s eyes (and stomach) light up. But when it comes to clubs on campus, membership is far more than just a t-shirt to wear when you haven’t done laundry for three weeks.

“A club’s purpose should be much greater than what any club at Union (including the Business Club) has represented so far. There has been a lot of effort to push an agenda full of food events,” said Jaime Roberts, senior business major and Business and Computer Science Club President. “I like food, but seriously! What are we here for?”

For some, clubs are an opportunity to socialize, take a break from the stress of the week, hang out with friends—and make new ones.

“Some clubs are smaller, and if people involved themselves more, they would meet other people as well,” said Charlie Baugher, junior general studies major. She joined Business and Computer Science Club and Math and Science Club to get the most out of her two tuition-covered memberships on campus.

“It’s nice when you’re part of a club and they have something on the calendar that you can do with your friends,” said Hannah Jaster, senior chemistry major and president of the Pre-Health Professionals Club. “Sometimes it can be hard to spend time with everyone,” she said.

Don’t expect these events to just happen magically. For Roberts, teamwork is a necessary element in providing activities for members. “I enjoy the creation and collaboration. The events are just the end result,” he said.

But when it comes down to it, don’t forget the connections and resumé building opportunities.

Kerri Vogler, senior psychology major, took her club experience to a new level this year as ASB’s social vice president and Psychology Club’s secretary. “It’s my last year, so I wanted to serve and give back,” she explained. “It has opened my eyes to how much Union does for the students, whether it’s events, speakers or free food. I love leading out in different events and seeing people have fun.”

One smaller club on campus, Amnesty/Tiny Hands International, is service-oriented. Throughout the year, members receive opportunities to organize their own events like open mic nights, toiletry drives and other fundraisers for social justice causes.

Others, like Pre-Health Professionals, Education, Pre-Nursing, and Business and Computer Science clubs are focused on other noble causes. “We want our members to expand their knowledge, leadership and networks,” said Roberts. “We want them to be connected with their careers and to feel fulfilled with their membership.”

Want more out of your membership? Consider taking up a team position.

“Leadership takes work. You have to find what motivates each individual to act,” Roberts said. “The Business Club is known for its size and high visibility to the student body of Union College. This makes every move a test for leadership, ethics and understanding of our membership base.”

“Part of being the president is being able to delegate to other people and help everyone work together,” said Jaster. “I’ve learned how to establish teams, recognize people’s strengths and differences and use them for the best.”

So, take your club membership to the next level. Participate. Give feedback. “Success is connecting with the world and making people feel,” said Roberts.

Sure, free food is nice and all, but let’s not forget what we’re really here for.

Emy is a sophomore studying communication.