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Pro: You can find me in the club

Joining a club on a college campus can provide a group of peers to a lonely student, offering a sense of belonging. They help promote friendships, better social skills, and encourage community service.

Clubs are a great way to find new inspirations, interests or ideas. If all students were required to join a club, they would benefit by having a creative and social outlet.

An arts and crafts club on campus could give students the chance to be artistic, without the worry about a grade that would normally come with taking a class. A multicultural food club would offer people with different backgrounds an opportunity to come together and bond due to similarities, while learning from others’ differences.

“12 Reasons Why You Should Join a Student Organization,” an article published by Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, states that joining a club is beneficial.

“Whether you join as a member or choose to lead one, simply taking part in an extracurricular group will enhance your school experience,” the article said. “Gaining skills, making connections, and broadening your knowledge through a student organization will help you become a more well-rounded individual — one that’s ready to take on their future career!”

On the Pierce College website, there are more than 40 clubs listed, and that doesn’t include the additional ones which are not posted, for example the LGBTQ club.

When students feel lost due to the stress and chaos of college life, a club can add balance and a fun way to spend the week. They establish a greater community on campus, and students can socialize with others who share their interests.

Club meetings tend to span an hour or two and are on campus. Times vary, which means there is no excuse for a student to not engage in an organization. This is beneficial, not only because students come to school for class, but because those without transportation may not be able to take part in extracurricular activities outside of the campus.

Club Rush, which is at the beginning of both spring and fall semesters, is an event where various clubs set up tables and share missions and philosophies. Students can travel down the Mall among the various booths, signing up for an unlimited amount of clubs.

If students are required to join a club, the positive effects will outweigh any negative areas and help the student in a myriad of ways. Not only will members be fulfilled, but they will more be involved in the college community.

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