By Krystal Sidzyik, Senior Staff Writer
UNO’s large campus and enrollment of 14,000 students can be intimidating to freshmen. That’s a lot more than a typical high school graduating class. So how does a student meet new people and get involved? Join a club or organization!
UNO has approximately 150 clubs/organizations on campus right now, said Ben Jager, the assistant director of student Government/Agencies.
Clubs and organizations aren’t only a means for meeting new people but they also provide students with many other benefits.
“Students who join organizations learn valuable leadership skills that will not only help them be better students, but will provide them with the skills necessary to succeed in life and leadership after college,” Jager said.
Clubs and organizations range from honor societies, Greek fraternities and sororities to special interest groups like the UNO Paranormal Society. Some of the more novel clubs include,the UNO Quidditch Club Sport, the UNO UFO Study Group, Save The Frogs and The TOMS Club. A complete list of clubs and organizations can be found on UNO’s website.
Getting involved on campus is also a great way to get involved with the community.
“Students who join organizations have many opportunities to network with faculty and staff on campus as well as professionals in the community which often lead to internships and jobs,” Jager said.
One group on campus that exemplifies community involvement is the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization.
“They run a program called Daily Mav which is a discount program for UNO students similar to Groupon but it allows students to receive discounts from local businesses,” Jager said. “The CEO students work with the local businesses to set up the deals and manage everything about the program.”
Senior Dan Casey, a Biotechnology major, is the new treasurer for the Tri Beta Biological Honor Society this fall semester. The organization’s main interest is to help promote students to get involved in research. It is especially beneficial to any science major.
“[The organization] is definitely helpful if students want to go on to grad school,” said Casey, “[students] can meet their professors and have a chance to take part in some of their research.”
Casey recommends that every student join a club or organization. It’s a great way to participate in opportunities that might not have been presented before.