Guide to the Student Involvement Fair

The activities fair is coming, the activities fair is coming! Specifically, on Friday, September 6, the Boston College Student Involvement Fair will take over Linden Lane, the long driveway in between Bapst Library and St. Mary's Hall. Rain or shine, upperclassmen will try to lure students to sign up for their e-mail lists with tempting baked goods and promises of epic Mod parties. Never fear, freshmen; we at The Gavel are here to guide you through the craziness that is the BC Activities Fair.

Image via Facebook.

Image via Facebook.

Rule Number 1: Actually go to the activities fair. Even if you think it will be lame, or have absolutely no interest in signing up for any new clubs, it's kind of its own type of social event. You're guaranteed to run into some of the people that you met during your first week, and it's interesting to see what other people are looking to be involved in during their time at BC. Plus, it's a great way to peruse the full offering of student organizations at BC, as well as get a feel from the students working the tables about whether you'd like to be a part of their group or not.

Rule Number 2: You don't have to sign up for every e-mail listserv that gets put under your nose. Definitely sign up for the groups you want to join, but if you are legitimately not interested, politely say "no thanks" and walk away. Otherwise, you'll get thousands of emails from groups you aren't a part of for the next four years.

Image via Boston College.

Image via Boston College.

Rule Number 3: Try to do some research beforehand. If you have a good sense of what sort of activities you'd like to join, look online to see which groups appeal to you most, and then go find them at the actual fair to talk to the group members and sign up for their e-mails. This will cut down the time you have to spend at the fair, and gives you some direction when you're walking around so you don't have to
wander aimlessly and try to read the sign on every single table.

Rule Number 4: Go with a friend, but don't be afraid to break away to go talk to a specific group or spend more time at the fair. You need more then one group of friends to lean on during your time at BC, and joining a few student organizations will help you make those friends.

Rule Number 5: Don't worry if you miss a table you wanted to stop by or can't find something that sparked your interest online. The activities fair is the first of many opportunities to join student groups throughout the school year.  You can look online and e-mail group leaders if you find Screen Shot 2013-08-27 at 1.41.42 PMsomething later on you want to get involved in; many groups, depending on the activity, will even let you just start showing up at meetings in the middle of the school year. So don't stress about talking to every single group at the fair and just try to absorb as much as possible.

Rule Number 6: Make sure to look for the Gavel’s table. Whether you’re interested in writing, photography, video, design or business there’s a place for everyone in the Gavel family.

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