Last week’s scheduled Involvement Fair may have been rained out, but a second attempt brought sunny skies and smiles – and tables of posters, pamphlets and pens – to the Commons quad as students gathered to learn what the clubs and organizations at RWU have to offer.
An annual Weeks of Welcome tradition at RWU, the Involvement Fair is aimed at freshmen but open to all students looking to get involved. Sponsored by Student Programs and Leadership and Student Senate, activities at this year’s fair ranged from sex education games at the HAWE (Health and Wellness Educators) table to a Mock Trial email campaign and a candy station courtesy of the Campus Entertainment Network.
Freshman Alexandra Guzman noted the feeling of camaraderie among the upperclassmen: “Everyone’s so welcoming and involved. It’s encouraging.”
New students aren’t the only cohort that benefits from the Involvement Fair. Senior Kerry Nugent, an active member of the SOAR leadership development program, said, “It gives us the opportunity to really explain what our clubs and organizations do so that people who are interested are motivated to get involved in them.”
The message of the day? You guessed it – get involved!
“Getting involved is a huge part of meeting new people and getting a well-rounded experience while you’re here,” said junior Brendan Legare, president of MyTurn, a club dedicated to raise awareness and funds to end poverty in Kenya.
If you don’t find what you’re looking for, said senior Eco Rep and Green Team member Ashleyanne Brown, be inventive:
“If something you’re passionate about doesn’t exist on campus, make it exist.”