Good reasons to join clubs

“It gives you something to do, something different from classes,” says Chris Johnson, a member of UAA’s Anime Club. “It gets you around campus and into events that you normally wouldn’t get into.”

Where do you see yourself after you get your degree?

You’ve probably been asked this many, many times, but humor me for a minute. Really think about this.

You want to be in a highly respected position, right? I know you do. If you’re anything like me, you want to have a fruitful career in something you’re really interested in, then cap it all off sitting in an expensive library, a glass of wine in one hand, a copy of a complicated philosophical study in the other, with Mozart playing in the background and a fire going in the fireplace. Oh, and a fez. And a bathrobe. And an expensive chair.

On second thought, maybe that’s just my dream. But that’s not the point.

The point is, if you want to get into your dream position, you are going to need connections. And I’m going to tell you where you are most certainly going to find connections: in a club.

There are clubs for just about anything at UAA. World culture. Engineering. Gaming. Politics. Languages. Music. Filmmaking. Anime appreciation. And I even hear of a reading and writing club in the works.

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So don’t lounge around in your residence hall or catch the bus straight home. Instead, after classes, find a group to join. Find one within your program of choice, and find another one that suits your interests.

“It gives you something to do, something different from classes,” said Chris Johnson, a member of UAA’s Anime Club. “It gets you around campus and into events that you normally wouldn’t get into.”

Not only is this a fantastic chance to meet new friends, and not only does this strengthen the UAA community as a whole, but it also gives you connections. Chances are, you’ll meet a person who knows a person who knows a person who might be able to land you a job once you get your degree. And that’s an important connection to have, especially in today’s competitive job landscape.

Start by heading to UAA Life at http://uaa.alaska.edu/life, and sign in with your UAA student email credentials if you’ve received them yet. Browse through the clubs and mentally pick out a few that you like.

Then, head to Campus Kick-Off on Aug. 23, which will happen outside Rasmuson Hall and Lucy Cuddy Hall — check out the campus map inside of this issue to find your way there. Many different clubs will have booths, often with activities and snacks. It’s a fun time, and it introduces you to many of the clubs firsthand. Many of them will probably have some form of sign-in sheet; give them some way to contact you, and they’ll fill you in on meeting information.

And after all that, above all else, have fun meeting new people. This is an important part of your collegiate career, so do it. You’ll thank yourself later, when you’re sitting next to that fireplace with that glass of wine and that fez.