As we approach the end of the year, I thought it would be nice to speak about some of the really great clubs and associations that are here on campus. They are great opportunities to learn new things, get involved in the community, and make new friends.
There are about 41 different clubs here on campus that are either academic, for the community, the arts, or sports and fitness. Also, there is even an opportunity to start your own club. This year I joined the knitting club, some MOVE programs, and the Founders Society. I have met some of my very best friends at these programs, (namely Taylor, Alex, and Angelica at the knitting club). It's actually a funny story (cliche I know) but I'll tell it to you when you run into me on campus!
When I joined the knitting club, I had never knitted before, or had even considered it. But now, I can knit scarves, headbands, and hats! They make great gifts for people and are really relaxing to make. Here's a picture of just a few of the things I have knitted-
This is the first hat I've knitted and it was for MOVE
These are some scarves and headbands I made (most of them for my mom)
The Founders Society is an important part of SMC because it connects both Alumni and Prospective Students to Saint Mike's. I became a member originally because my Honors Program Mentor, Abby Meachem, recommended it to me and she is a big part of Founders. I've had a great time as a member of Founders, I've gone to Phone-a-Thons, an Alumni Christmas party, and have helped out with accepted student lunches. As prospective students, you should consider joining Founders because it is a great way to give back to Saint Mike's.
The Student Association is another amazing organization on campus. They are responsible for running student events throughout the year, like the Grace Potter concert, free student bowling, Pizza Put, and free ice skating. They also run Preparation Day (P-Day) which is a fun student day to eat and have fun before finals. These events are so much fun and are designed to let students have fun while being safe. Here are some pictures of my friends and I enjoying SA events-
This was at the Bowling Night
This is from Pizza Put
This is from Ice Skating
GOT S.K.I.L.L.S is a great way to see different programs throughout the academic year right on campus. It stands for "Socially just, Kindness toward others, Inclusive toward all people, Leading at every turn, Listening with care, and Self-respectful." This year there were so many different events sponsored by GOT S.K.I.L.L.S, everything from science programs, to english poetry readings, to Vandana Shiva talking about agriculture. Famous legislaters, politicians, and scientists have come to speak at Saint Mike's and these are great opportunities to learn new ideas, thoughts, and perspectives.
As a new Saint Michael's student, it is important to be involved on campus. These different associations are ways to make new friends, keep old ones, and learn new things.