Get involved on campus

Classes have started yet again as we all turn our attention away from summer and toward our studies. With orientation complete and freshmen done with their Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond activities, it’s time to settle back into that demanding activity that we call college. But there is no reason to think of this as a dull time; there is plenty of fun to be had. Activities around campus are revving up, including clubs and fall sports. I encourage everyone to look around, get involved, and enjoy the entertainment available on campus.

When you do have a chance to get away from the books and work, there’s nothing better than having some fun and enjoying time with your fellow students. The annual Activities Fair, held tomorrow in the Houston Field House from 6–9 pm, is a great opportunity to explore the various clubs and organizations available to students.

With over 170 clubs on campus, there really is something for everyone, from athletics to politics to performing arts and culture. I think it’s a great idea to try a lot of things, and stick with those that you find you love. Try something you might not normally try and you may be surprised to find that it’s for you.

If you have an idea for something that doesn’t exist yet, it only takes a bit of initiative to get a group of like-minded students together and start your own club, or get help from another club or organization on campus to reach your goals. The Union is all about providing opportunities for students, and if you want it enough, there’s a good chance that we’ll be able to help you make it happen. For information, read the guide on the Union website (http://union.rpi.edu) or email me (pu@rpi.edu).

With a redesigned Rensselaer Union homepage, the web can really be your friend for finding something to do on campus. Events are posted on the Union Events Calendar (http://uec.union.rpi.edu) and the athletics schedule is available at (http://rpiathletics.com/calendar.aspx). Athletics get underway with men’s and women’s soccer, men’s golf, women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s field hockey all competing over the next week. If you get a chance, try to catch a game and cheer on your classmates.

I wish all of you the best of luck over the next year with your studies and endeavors. College is a lot of work, but can also be a ton of fun. The community is full of great people who are willing to support you in whatever you do, whether it’s conventional or not. Enjoy your time, study hard, and get involved.

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