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Club life continues

Before the pandemic, students could find flyers throughout campus informing where and when different clubs are meeting. 

Now those flyers are digital and so are the meetings.

Most clubs have switched from in-person to virtual on Zoom, with social media becoming an often-used resource.

The Gay Straight Alliance Club at Pierce frequently posts meeting dates and club information on their Instagram page. They also keep in contact with members through the app Discord.

Paula Cuba, a third year student and GSA club member, said through a phone interview how important she believes the club is for students. 

“The mission is to create a safe space for anybody part of the LGBTQ community, or anybody who wants to learn about the community,” Cuba said. “I’m pretty open but I know that there’s people who aren’t, and I feel like even if they want a safe space, this is definitely a good starting ground for them.”

The Students for Social Justice Club updates their Instagram and uses Discord as well. They also started using Google Slides to get people more engaged in discussions through Zoom.

Kayleigh Morrissey, second year student and SSJ Club president, said through a phone interview how the transition has been for the club.

“I think we’re still able to capture most of the essence of in-person meetings,” Morrissey said. 

“It’s definitely much more difficult to organize it on Zoom just because it is virtual. I think it’s easier to have more structure when you’re in person.”

The Pre-health Club has adapted similarly and expects to have speakers present through Zoom throughout the semester. The club is for students interested in the medical field to learn more about jobs and opportunities the field has to offer. 

Club president and second year student Nazanin Nayeri said in a phone interview that she enjoys the club and how beneficial it can be for students. 

“It’s a safe space for us, we have similar interests and help each other by sharing different volunteering opportunities,” Nayeri said. 

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