RSOs: More Than 800 Ways to Get Busier On Campus
- MSU has more than 800 registered student organizations (RSO) on campus.
- They include professional organizations, clubs with a cause, political organizations, and many more.
- Search for the club that’s just the right fit for you on the Student Life website
Now that second semester is in full swing, are you finding your schedule is missing something? It’s good to be busy! Plus, studies show that a full agenda can keep you focused and productive.
I know my schedule was a little emptier than I had hoped for, which is why I have an internship writing this for all of you.
There are plenty of ways to fill your schedule besides getting a job or internship: MSU has more than 800 different student-run clubs and organizations officially registered with the Division of Student Affairs and Services. With clubs ranging from professional to charitable to political or even the clubs that are just a good way to have fun, there’s surely something for everyone.
Some organizations on campus are career-oriented. There is a professional organization for most majors at MSU, from pre-law to interior design.
The Interior Design Student Organization (IDSO) shows people the ins and outs of an interior design career, said member Lauren Stoklas, a sophomore interior design major from Rockford, Michigan. The club hosts public speakers and company representatives, and competes in design competitions. They also pair underclassmen up with older students in the program, in order to help interior design students grow and navigate the program.
Stoklas said she originally joined as a freshman, trying to decide whether or not to stick with the major, and her experience with the club was helpful. She said she would recommend joining a club to anyone looking for help deciding on a major.
“It’s a great tool,” Stoklas said.
After the recent election, maybe you’re looking to get involved in politics.
Whether you’re right wing, left wing or somewhere in the middle, you should check out the MSU student chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The organization focuses on involving the community in conversation and taking action on civil liberties—which are of interest to everyone regardless of political stance. The MSU chapter participates in marches and holds community forums.
“People should join because it's a great organization that allows everyone to have more civic involvement,” said Abhi Parekh, chapter president and a pre-law senior from Troy, Michigan. “I love knowing that we are creating a community voice on campus that deals with issues on a national level.”
Perhaps politics aren’t your thing, but you’re still looking to get involved in the community.
Consider a group like Spartans Rebuilding Michigan (SRM), which does community service projects and fundraising events in the East Lansing area. “Our goal is to give back to our surrounding community in any way possible,” said member Whitney Thalheimer, a sophomore advertising major from Hopkins, Massachusetts.[Story continues below photo]
SRM’s past fundraisers have supported The Wounded Warrior Project, Stiggy’s Dogs, Relay for Life, Children’s Miracle Network, Jackson County Animal Shelter and many more. Their service projects in the local community deal mostly with Habitat for Humanity, Haven House, Ronald McDonald House and countless others.
“No matter what, it is a win-win situation. Other people should join because you are helping others and yourself at the same time,” Thalheimer said. She said she joined looking for a way to have fun and be active in the community.
If these club categories aren’t striking your fancy, don’t worry. There are plenty of other clubs on campus that are simply about enjoying yourself.
One such club is Ladies First, a well-known a cappella group on campus. They host auditions at the beginning of each semester, perform concerts and compete throughout the year. This year the group took second place in the quarterfinals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella (ICCA)—just like in the movie “Pitch Perfect”! They will go on to compete at semifinals, where they won the award for Best Vocal Percussion last year.
Member Ewurama Appiagyei-Dankah, a junior social relations and policy major from Grand Rapids, Michigan, said she enjoys watching the group grow through their music. One way they’re doing this is through an EP they released this year. A song from the EP has been nominated for Best Female Collegiate Song at the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA). Appiagyei-Dankah said that if you have an interest, you should join, because she found a second family in Ladies First—and you might, too.
In essence, no matter who you are or what you are interested in, you can find a group here at MSU. With more than 800 registered student, Student Affairs offers something for everyone. All you need to do to get started is visit the MSU Student Life’s registry of clubs and organizations.