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How can you wisely choose an organization to join during the involvement fair?

I hope to join one student organization in the next OSU involvement fair. I’m in my first year and I have been looking forward to this event for a while now. I didn’t have a chance to join a club last semester as I wasn’t around during our welcome week. My older sister participated in several SU events while in college in the UK hence setting a precedent for me. I’m wondering how you can choose which organization to join during the involvement fair.

Annie Barnes

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Jennifer Patterson on May 18, 2018

Involvements fairs are tailored for students like you who wish to join students’ organizations but wouldn’t make the initiative without persuasion. Plus, there are so many clubs and organizations in colleges today that it is hard to identify all them.   

Participating in these organizations can help you acquire valuable life skills and network. While some are purely educational and may help you in improving your performance, others are more socially oriented. For example, some may be about sports while other about charity. Overall, they will make your college life more enjoyable and memorable.

The purpose of these fairs is to help students, especially new ones, discover activities they would like to engage in and are available to them. It is a meet-and-greet occasion where organization members display their activities and achievement to woe prospective members. Usually, there are members present to answer questions, clarify issues and share their experience being part of the organization.

There is usually something for everyone. For example, expect to see almost as many student organizations during OSU involvement fairs as there are programs by the university.

Well now that we know that there will be dozens of organizations showcasing what they have to offer, how do you select the right one for you?

  • Evaluate your interest areas beforehand: knowing your interest areas while giving you a rough idea of what to look for on the day of the fair.
  • Research on some of the organization that will be participating in the fair: there is usually a list of all student organizations at the school’s website or relevant office. You can also ask around to know what kind of events various organization hold. For example, the Student union holds various S.U events throughout the semester.
  • Be open-minded: Unless you have decided to join a particular organization, it is always best to stay open-minded in your search. Cast your net in a wide area of consideration and then cancel out what doesn’t appeal to you.
  • Visit as many organizations’ desks as time can allow: you might come across an organization that you previously didn’t know about that may be of interest.
  • Ask questions at the different desks to get all the information you need. The representatives of these organizations are always ready to answer.
  • Consider how these organizations can help to further your aspirations and goals before making your decision. 

Nicholas Rivera2 years ago

Well, it’s always good to join at least one student organization from your first year in college hence the reason for involvement fairs twice in an academic year. What are some benefits you should expect to gain?

You will develop communication skills: also known as soft skills, they are the skills that help you communicate effectively with other people. These organizations can help you sharpen the skills you already have and develop new ones too.

They provide opportunities for networking: you will make new connections, meet other students and even build relations that may be of assistance later in life.

They will help you build leadership skills: participating in various activities for the organization can help you become a better leader. For example, you may need to make a public speech during one of your events, and once you get used to speaking in front of people, you naturally become more confident. 


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