Mellisa Ramkissoon, iBBA 2019
With over 500 clubs and societies shared between Schulich and the rest of York University, it’s a pretty challenging task to get involved without getting overwhelmed –especially in first year! I mean you either join too many clubs (like I did) or get too confused and join none at all, at least that’s been the COMMON TREND. But the case of both extremes doesn’t have to become your reality, as I’ve done my research to help you out.
So, what exactly is the RULE OF THUMB? How many clubs is too much? Too little? According to Keisha Gray, the Director of Student and Enrolment Services at Schulich, the maximum number is THREE CLUBS. This could include Student Ambassador program, which many students join, and two other clubs. The maximum number is three because you don’t want to over commit yourself, especially when you’re just getting the hang of university, and the workload. However, you do want to join at least one club. It will teach you how to multitask and develop valuable time management skills. In addition, and perhaps more importantly for you first years, it provides a perfect gateway to MEETING NEW PEOPLE and making friends.
When in doubt about what clubs to join, follow the rule of three: join one club you are good at, one you are interested in, and one you haven’t been exposed to in the past.
For second year BBA student SARAH BORAIRI, that was a defining factor in choosing what clubs to join. When asked how she knew what clubs were meant for her, she responded with, “I could tell based off the culture they fostered and how I could see myself prosper within that club. The best clubs are those that you believe can become more than just that, those that you find a family and a team in.” Not only does the club itself matter, but also your ability to get out of your comfort zone, meet new people, and create incredible friendships. It simply makes the experience of learning and growing within that organization so much better.
Another useful tip for first years is to have VARIETY. Because it’s your first year, and you may not know exactly what you like/dislike, join different clubs that will give you different experiences. Try an athletic position, a leadership position, or a creative arts one. This will help you find your INTERESTS AND PREFERENCES when entering your later years. It will also aid in meeting like-minded individuals, and people who are completely different from you. But that’s all part of the incredibly fun involvement experience.
For many of you reading this article, you may be thinking of EXECUTIVE POSITIONS already. If that’s the case, then you’re in luck! Most clubs and societies, if not all, have a position for FIRST YEAR Representatives. This position requires you to be the connection between your peers and that organization by promoting events and informing others on what your club stands for.
In the wise words of VIVIAN HUYNH, second year BBA student and former Schulich Accounting Society First Year Representative, one should “Get involved within the Schulich community as much as they can because it would open so many doors of opportunities.” Essentially, put your name out there! Stand out at frosh, talk to upper years, and try new things. Be memorable so that it will give you an edge. First Year Representative positions are already competitive, so any advantage will help you out.
Huynh added that it’s extremely important to ask questions, “At Schulich, everyone is so eager to help each other out, and you’ll never feel alone. If you have any questions, just ask.” If confused or just plain curious, don’t be afraid to ask questions as they will help you in the process of applications, preparing for interviews, or just university life in general.
Ultimately, ideal involvement is joining clubs that you genuinely like through GETTING INFORMED AND MEETING NEW PEOPLE. It’s asking questions and not being afraid to do so because you’re interested and eager. That being said, EVERYONE at Schulich is always open to your questions and thoughts. Feel free to ask, get informed, and most importantly, get involved!