No Application, No Audition, No Problem

One of the great things about Boston College is how passionate each student is about getting involved on campus. Each year, the Student Involvement Fair packs Stokes Lawn with hundreds of eager students jotting their email addresses down on countless clubs’ sign-up sheets in the hopes of joining their peers in community service and artistic or athletic endeavors.

As the emails start going out from organizations to their prospective members, the downside of BC’s hyper-involved student body becomes apparent. Many students are discouraged by the extensive application processes required for joining clubs, and by the selectivity of most student organizations—but fear not!

Although not everyone can get into certain popular clubs like 4Boston, there are tons of opportunities on campus for all students to find their place and follow their passion. For reference, here is a list of just some of the clubs and organizations that don’t require an application or audition:

First Year Service Program

The Volunteer and Service Learning Center offers a variety of opportunities for students to get involved and serve the community. The First Year Service Program is open to all freshmen and grants students the chance to volunteer at placements throughout Boston and reflect with their peers on their experiences.

Service opportunities include placements at food pantries, schools and nursing homes, a diverse selection to appeal to students with a wide range of interests. For more information, contact fyspbc@gmail.com.

Photo courtesy of Boston College First Year Service Program / Facebook

Photo courtesy of Boston College First Year Service Program / Facebook

Eagle Volunteers

Eagle Volunteers is another program through the Volunteer and Service Learning Center that allows any BC student to work with children in the area. Through partnerships at Mount Alvernia Academy and Mentoring Through the Arts at Edison School, Eagles have opportunities to spend time with local youth through tutoring, arts and sports. Both schools are a short walk from campus and the club meets just once a week.

“The kids are adorable. They made a me a necklace and a card at the end of the year and put on a performance for me,” says Mount Alvernia volunteer Lexie Seigies, A&S ‘18. “It’s a great way to decompress and have fun at the end of the day.” For more information about Mount Alvernia, contact makeadiffalvernia@gmail.com, and for information about Mentoring Through the Arts contact meredith.smith@bc.edu.

Voices of Imani

For students interested in singing, performing and praising God, Voices of Imani is BC’s only gospel choir and welcomes all to join. With no audition process and no prior knowledge of gospel music required, the group accepts new members at any point

Photo courtesy of Voices of Imani / Facebook

Photo courtesy of Voices of Imani / Facebook

during the semester. No particular singing expertise is required either; although they obviously value vocal quality, Voices of Imani is a community-minded group dedicated to having fun and praising.

“I love Voices because it has given me a great community to be a part of on campus. The people here are the most eclectic and kind-hearted, and the work we do can easily be mistaken for having fun,” a member named Jasmine wrote on the group’s website. They perform throughout the year at various on-campus events as well as a travel performance over spring break.

Practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 in Lyons 423, and questions can be answered at voicesofimani.bc@gmail.com.

Committee for Creative Enactments (CCE)

Photo courtesy of The CCE / Facebook

Photo courtesy of The CCE / Facebook

The CCE is unique in that it is the only scripted and improv comedy group on campus that is open to all students. The group writes and performs original sketches and plays, including a biannual murder mystery show. The CCE encourages any students interested in learning improv comedy techniques to attend open practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-10pm and Sundays at 1pm. For more information, contact santosrc@bc.edu.

Random Acts of Kindness

For anyone looking to bring a smile to the faces of other BC students, Random Acts of Kindness is an application-free club dedicated to brightening Eagles’ days. The group believes in the power of paying it forward and performing small acts of kindness to bring a dose of positivity to campus, especially during stressful times, such as midterms or finals seasons.

In the past, these gestures have ranged from helping in the Campus School to putting together arts and crafts for children in hospitals to handing out Hershey kisses. The first general meting will be held Sunday, September 27 at 7pm in Higgins 310. For more information, contact bcrandomactsofkindness@gmail.com.

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