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Spring ClubFest set to debut several new student organizations

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Kelsey Kremer

Iowa State’s spring ClubFest provides an opportune time for students to stop by and get involved in a wide variety of activities and interests. Over 200 organizations will be in attendance at spring ClubFest, including several brand-new student clubs. This year’s event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

“It’s very important for universities to hold events like these,” Iowa State marketing specialist Megan Moore said. “We’re fortunate we are able to plan two large ClubFest events each year thanks to our Student Engagement staff. College is a time for forging new friendships, exploring new interests and pursuing personal growth.” 

Moore emphasized the importance of students branching out and giving organizations at Iowa State a try, whether it be for career development or simply just for fun. Moore also expressed that she has seen many students find their place at Iowa State by joining student organizations.

“It’s the perfect time to find the people who love what you love and find that community of friends who share common interests. By joining a club in college, students have more opportunities to connect with their peers on a deeper level,” Moore said.

In addition to the many returning clubs in attendance at this year’s spring ClubFest, several newly established groups are set to attend the event as well. Some of these newly formed groups include Vine and Wine Club, West Coast Swing Society and Pickleball Club.

While many of these organizations offer fun, lighthearted activities for students to relieve stress and meet like-minded individuals, several provide career prep opportunities for students to build their skills and network with new connections. 

“Not only do students benefit from social and personal experiences by being involved in clubs, these extracurricular activities can add an extra boost to their resume. Soft skills like teamwork, collaboration and communication will always be a hot commodity for employers,” Moore said.

Student organizations offer students a unique opportunity to not only enhance and enjoy their college experience but also build valuable connections that can have a lasting impact on their future pursuits.

“These passions, interests and connections are something students will take into the rest of their lives, even after graduating from Iowa State,” Moore said. “When you join a student club, you’ll meet people who could potentially introduce you to future employers or might even be your future entrepreneurial partner. It’s all about making those connections and utilizing the network that’s right in front of you.”

With over 800 student organizations to choose from, there is truly something for everyone. Clubs at Iowa State range from interests in baking to water skiing and everything in between. 

“I love seeing the variety of clubs that can be found in attendance,” Moore said. “From cosplay to conservation, if you’re passionate about a certain topic or cause, you can find an organization that aligns with it. ClubFest is a great way to find a professional or networking organization that fulfills your career goals, but we always recommend students join a fun club that fills their cup on a personal level, through finding a creative outlet, fostering a hobby, forming new friendships or trying something new for the first time.”

For additional information, students can contact Faith Guzzo at [email protected] or by calling Student Engagement at 515-294-8081.

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