COLUMBIA — Students who attended Summer Welcome may already understand how overwhelming it can be to find a niche at MU. Trying to make the college experience unforgettable can feel a little daunting.
Clubs and groups are a good way to find new friends at MU with similar interests and explore new subjects.
There are more than 700 organizations to join on campus. Some are academic, while others are cultural, religious, political or sports-related.
A number of resources on campus are provided to help students power through the maze.
A great place to start is the Organization Resource Group, or ORG.
ORG is a group of staff and student employees that give administrative and fiscal support to the clubs and organizations on campus.
Every fall semester, more than 100 clubs and organizations host an activities mart at Lowry Mall to recruit new members face-to-face. This fall's mart will be on Sept. 5.
Students are also invited to start their own club. Find 10 interested students and contact ORG to set it up.
MU also offers cultural, international and minority student groups. Stop in at the Student Success Center, 909 Lowry Mall to learn more.
The Office of New Student Programs has put together a program to help new students break down everything the university has to offer.
It is called Involvement Ambassadors, and this is its second year.
Once a student has determined what kinds of organizations might be a good fit, the ambassadors look for the options — it might be a social group, leadership position or even a job.
The ambassadors can then retrieve contact information for a number of different organizations, including academic, honorary, political, service and sports.
It all depends on what you are looking for, said Dave Rielley, director of New Student Programs.
The Student Life website is also a good place to search. It is a database of all MU organizations and is searchable by types of groups or keywords.
Students who love athletics can sign up and try out for a club sport at the MU Student Recreation Complex. They can be involved in archery, competitive dance, fencing and jujitsu, to name a few.
Every year, MU hosts a number of career fairs, like an accounting fair or a School of Health Professions job fair, to inform students about job opportunities.
Head to the MU Career Center, 2o1 Student Success Center to find out more.