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Navigating the Club Scene: Extracurricular Edition

Navigating the extracurricular scene post-Student-Involvement-Fair can be tricky. After all that aimless wandering through the mob of eager club members and free swag and email sign-up sheets galore, it’s likely that you’ve found yourself on the Listserv of more clubs than you can count. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, look no further—we’re here to help you untangle this mess without having to hit a single “Reply All” button.

Know your own priorities. 

The best way to dig into the club scene at BC is to know what you’re looking to get involved in. Are you a writer? Looking to join an a cappella group? Maybe intramural sports are more your thing? No matter the activity, outlining your major priorities will be integral in the process of sifting through those initial mass emails. If you’re not tied down to doing any one particular thing, don’t be afraid to go out on a limb with something more experimental.

Attend informational meetings. 

The best way to feel out the vibe of a particular club and its members is to attend any informational meetings that you can. Missed the meeting? Reach out to a club member if you want to show your continued interest. Talking to someone about their organization over coffee can be a great way to make a good first impression and get a feel for what that club is really like.

Gauge each activity's commitment level. 

To make sure that you don’t bite off more than you can chew, be realistic about the number of clubs you decide to stick with and know beforehand the levels of commitment that they require. Some groups on campus won’t have more than a meeting or two per month, while others may meet multiple times a week. At the same time, some clubs will be a tight-knit “family” while others will be more on-your-own-time. Don’t be afraid to ask about an activity’s required commitment—members will be understanding and more than willing to talk to you about it.

Yay! A match is made!

Make sure to get a running start in your brand new club/ team/ organization by showing up to any and all meetings that you can. Get to know your fellow members and get involved in an event or discussion as soon as you feel comfortable doing so. Joining a group on campus is one of the best ways to make friends that share a similar interest and find your social scene at BC, so don’t hold back.

Maybe not? Know how to remove yourself from a Listserv. 

Trust us, not every club is going to be love at first meeting, and that’s totally okay. If you feel that something isn’t for you, then don’t stick with it. However, make sure you don’t hit “Reply All” to desperately ask someone to remove you from the email Listserv—you’ll likely be unsuccessful while also annoying everyone else who gets your email. To remove yourself from an email Listserv, open your Boston College Gmail account on your computer and open an email from the club you want to be removed from. Below the sender’s name, there should be a drop-down arrow—click it and hit the link titled “Unsubscribe from this mailing-list.” You will be asked to confirm your decision, and sometimes will be sent further instructions on how to fully unsubscribe from the list. Problem solved.

Remember that you're not locked into anything. 

If you find yourself way in over your head, struggling to balance workload with extracurriculars, or deciding you’re not actually loving that dance team you tried out for, don’t be afraid to take it easy and listen to your own needs. You are not tied down to anything—if you’re unhappy or unfulfilled in a certain group, don’t feel obligated to stay in it. After all, clubs and activities can be a huge part of your life at BC, so put your energy into those things that energize you in return.

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