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Clubs prove to be valuable for freshmen

Erika Vives

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For many students, freshman year of college can be a difficult time to adjust and adapt to massive change. However, freshman year can also be a time filled with a copious amount of unforgettable memories which can be largely influenced by involvement in school clubs and organizations.

It is not uncommon to find that it’s difficult for a lot of students to find their niche within a university setting. Joining a club can speed up the process to find like minded individuals that share a lot of the same values, ideas, and interests.

In fact, many students who partake in clubs make strong bonds and connections that not only help them through university but allow for networking connections after graduation.

With so many clubs and organizations offered at Pacific, it’s easy to find a comfortable space tailored to each unique students’ interests.

There is Greek Life and its’ respective chapters that have had a presence within the borders of campus and also within the community, educational clubs like Art Club or Biology Club, and even cultural and religious clubs like Deutsch Club or the Muslim Student Association (MSA).

And that’s just a few of the wonderful organizations that Pacific has to offer.

These clubs and organizations not only work towards making a difference at Pacific and in Forest Grove, but work towards forming strong bonds among the students.

Clubs will partake in fun activities both on and off campus, so it even gives students the opportunity to expand their horizons beyond the campus.

This can be especially beneficial when a student doesn’t have a car but wants to explore what the area has to offer.

Although the benefits of joining a club or organization largely outweigh the potential disadvantages, it is fair to acknowledge that in some cases, it may become difficult to balance the involvement of a club as a freshman adjusting to the life of college.

Assessing the priorities and involvement in courses can be a determining factor in whether or not to be involved in a club, but it is very possible to balance being a club or organization member while still being an incoming freshman.

At the very least, signing up for a club and attending the events that don’t conflict with other responsibilities can still make all the difference.

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