First-years on the search for extracurriculars filled Neal Fieldhouse last Friday during the annual Activities Fair. The event lets students walk from table to table to learn about the many clubs and organizations DePauw has to offer.
“I think it is very important for first-years to attend the activities fair, it is a great and effective way for students to see what DePauw has to offer outside of the classroom,” said Junior and Circle K representative Maggie Head.
Almost every club and organization DePauw has to offer was showcased at the Activities fair including some popular options such as Student Friend, Sports Night, and Circle K.
“As a representative for Circle K our booth had a positive response from this years activities fair,” said Head. “We were able to bring in a large amount of new signatures for the club.”
It is a general theme that the DePauw community believes freshmen sign up for too many activities and then do not take the responsibility with sticking with that club or organization.
“I signed up for a few different clubs including: Best Buddies, D3TV, WGRE.” Said first-year Hannah Gardner. “I plan to stick to some of them but I know I will not follow up on them all.”
However, the majority of first-year students have stated they plan to stick with their word.
“I was trying to find activities that really grabbed my attention,” said first-year student Lilly Hickman, “I believe I found some that I can stay committed to for the rest of the semester.”
Of course, there are always those students who look, but don't sign up.
“As representation of the Fillmore Student Friend, I believe students are hesitant to sign up at the booths because they are so overwhelmed with all of the opportunities offered,” said DCS coordinator Ellen Tinder.
The DePauw community is centered not only around academics but also on social opportunities that support intellectual interests and personal growth.
“Coming to a school where you don't know much about the school is tough," Gardner said. "It was good to learn about the different things to get involved in."