September 13, 2017
Braving the rainy weather, students and faculty alike gathered in Lower Wismer on Sept. 6 to promote the array of on-campus organizations. Some of the clubs and activities present were Breakaway Student Productions, GSA, USAS, Neuroscience Club, WVOU radio, and club sports, like rugby and volleyball, with respect to many other campus activities in attendance.
With creative signs and an open atmosphere, the activities fair was a social event that introduced students to the different opportunities available on campus.
Skyler Gailing, president of Breakaway Student Productions, stated that one of the biggest takeaways of the fair was that, “Ursinus probably has a club for everyone’s interests,” which was exemplified by the large turnout.
With more than 100 clubs, Ursinus has various ways students can get involved on-campus. There are academic clubs, club sports, social clubs, and organizations for student activism, to name a few. If there isn’t a particular club available yet, getting one started is simple, evident by the various activities showcased on Wednesday.
The fair was a reflection of all the possible avenues a first-year could take at Ursinus. When asked what advice she would give freshmen, Gailing said, “I would advise freshmen not to be afraid to sign up for something they have ever never tried before” and to not “overextend yourself.”
Picking the right clubs and balancing it with other responsibilities is important. The Student Activities Fair exemplified not only the number of opportunities students could get involved in, but the vibrant, academic social life of Ursinus as well. —By Madison Bradley ’18
Trustees Serve Up Career Tips at Student Lunch
More than 30 students joined the Ursinus board of trustees for a special lunch during the most recent board meeting. Representing a variety of majors and interests, students explored careers and gained helpful advice on topics such as graduate/professional school, the job/internship search and more.
“Students frequently seek guidance on career-related concerns,” says Sharon Hansen, interim director of career and professional development. “As our Board members represent a wide array of significant professional accomplishments and experiences, it seemed natural to develop a way to connect them with our students. We are delighted that this idea was well received, and we are grateful to the Board for the time they took to help our students.”
Students and board members were grouped by career interest and had up to one hour to talk with each other over lunch. The career fields represented included law, higher education, health care, business and the public sector. Eighteen seniors, eight juniors and five sophomores attended. “’Conversations About Careers’ was an amazing experience,” says Faraha Rathod ’19. “I truly enjoyed hearing the trustees’ stories about their journey after undergrad, and learning how they became a part of the board was inspiring.”