When you first get to college, you might feel overwhelmed by the number of organizations you can join. There are so many options for involvement, so it might be difficult to decide what is the right fit for you. Here’s how you can find out which club (or, sometimes called “campus org”) is best for you. 

When first thinking about joining a club or organization on campus, its best to identify your involvement interests. Are you interested in a specific political organization? Do you have a cause that you’re particularly passionate about? Want to lead students in campus activities? Interested in a certain academic pursuit? Do you want to join a group that connects with your cultural background? Whatever you’re interested in, there’s probably a club for you at WOU! 

Once you identify these interests, you can visit the Student Engagement section of the WOU website for a full list of organizations. Here, you can get more information about each group, and find organizations you may not have known about. Another great way to find groups is to visit the WUC, which is where many organizations will table. You can visit with individuals in the organizations you’re interested in and get a first-hand perspective of what you would do as a member. 

After you’ve identified what you want and have an organization in mind, you can start the involvement process. Some organizations only ask that you attend the meetings, while some might have an application process. Each organization’s process is different, so it’s best to ask current members what exactly is expected of you. 

Once you’ve joined an organization, you may find it difficult to properly manage your time. It’s okay to be less involved because you need time to study, and it’s okay if you decide the club you joined is too much of a time commitment. 

Here’s a few of the organizations you might want to consider: 

Associated Students of Western Oregon University (ASWOU)

If you’re interested in student government, you might want to check out ASWOU. You can be involved through a variety of channels, including the senate and the executive cabinet of WOU. As a member, you would be able to represent the student body in various meetings and events. 

Campus Recreation

Through Campus Recreation (often called “Campus Rec”), you can be involved in intramurals and club sports. You can play sports like flag football, volleyball, or basketball, as well as badminton, corn hole, and dodgeball. You can visit WOU intramurals for more information on the available sports. 

Residence Hall Association (RHA)

As a new student, joining an organization can be intimidating, at first. This makes hall government a great place to start, as it’s student government on a smaller scale. There’s likely to be a variety of positions, so you’ll be able to find one that’s the right fit for you. However, it is required that you live on-campus in order to participate in hall government.  

Student Activities Board (SAB)

f you’d rather plan events around campus, SAB might be for you! SAB organizes fun events for the campus community, holds bi-weekly meetings, and there are options for volunteer executive positions.