With more than 275 students groups on campus, there’s certainly an organization out there for you


Kate Menzies

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With more than 275 students groups on campus, there’s certainly an organization out there for you

With the start of the 2014-2015 academic year, students have come to campus in droves to begin a new chapter at UND.

What better way to make UND feel more like home than joining one of the many student organizations on campus?

Luckily for students, the Student Involvement & Leadership Office is here to help. The office provides many services for students to make getting involved on campus easy and enjoyable.

"Research shows that the first few weeks of school are most critical in helping students establish a connection to campus," said David Adams, director of student involvement & leadership.

Which is why the Student Involvement & Leadership Office starts early with Welcome Weekend, a time where students and their families can take part in numerous events to get acclimated to life at UND, to foster meaningful connections with new UND students.

Getting involved on campus has its perks. In addition to forming networking opportunities and friendships, student organizations can help students develop communication skills and critical thinking skills that can be beneficial to them in the job market.

"Getting involved on campus helps students get more attached to campus," Adams said. "It makes them feel at home."

This could be why there are approximately 275 organizations on campus. If students don't see one that fits their interests, they are more than welcome to start their own.

The Student Involvement & Leadership Office on campus is also associated with Volunteer Bridge, which is a venue to find different volunteering opportunities in the Grand Cities area. In this way, student organizations benefit more than just UND, as many give back through student service and philanthropy events.

All of these opportunities help students establish deeper roots to UND and Grand Forks.

With any luck, participation in student organizations and volunteer events can give students the competitive edge they need when beginning their journey beyond UND.

Student Organizations aren't the only way to have fun at UND. Get out of your Residence Hall, apartment or Greek house and explore campus by:

  1. Going to at least one game of each UND sport
  2. Attending Cultural Night at the Loading Dock sponsored by the Office of International Programs
  3. Exercising in the Student Wellness Center
  4. Rollerblading, skateboarding or biking along the English Coulee
  5. Taking a cooking class from the Culinary Corner
  6. Visiting an art exhibit at the North Dakota Museum of Art
  7. Attending a UND University Program Council event
  8. Star gazing at the UND Aerospace Planetarium
  9. Watching a UND production in Burtness Theatre
  10. Attending a live Studio One Show
  11. Participating in Open Mic Night at the Loading Dock in the Memorial Union
  12. Conquering the Rock Wall at the UND Wellness Center
  13. Grabbing a coffee at the Archives Coffee shop or the Loading Dock
  14. Exploring the nearby great outdoors with one of the Wellness Center's Outpost rentals
  15. Taking in tailgating before UND home football games

Kate Menzies University & Public Affairs student writer

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