Something for everyone, here are some of MSU’s most unique clubs
Have you ever thought about trying scuba diving or paranormal exploration? MSU students have! And there are student clubs focused on some of the most exciting – and perhaps a little quirky – activities you’ll find on or off campus. Basically, there is something for everyone.
And it’s an essential part of the student experience, as defined by MSU’s Office of Spartan Experiences. It is widely accepted that joining an organization or club on campus has great benefits for students coming or returning to campus – for example: it can help expand your network and social life, improve your communication skills and even improve your resume.
MSU students can explore a wide variety of clubs and organizations during “Sparticipation,” a four-hour event on August 30 (4-8 p.m.) designed to accommodate students of all backgrounds and interests. So go ahead, get involved and make the most of your college experience!
Here are some of the more unique clubs students can join, just to get you started:
1) Embrace your fear in the paranormal society
Co-chair Katie Burkhardt said the club embraces people of all different religious and spiritual beliefs: when they meet, everyone is welcome as long as they are kind and respectful of others’ beliefs.
“We take an active approach where we engage in practices with spirits and go ghost hunting,” says Burkhardt. “We also have people of all religious/spiritual beliefs (or lack thereof) participating, it’s a wonderful place for anyone interested in the esoteric, occult, cryptids, ghosts and all related activities.”
Learn more at msuparanormal.wixsite.com or follow the club pages on Instagram and Twitter.
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2) Find your outlet in the Comedy Cellar
Any open mic night or comedy show can be a great source of entertainment and laughter. For Faizan Malik, the MSU Comedy Cellar was also another outlet for being social as a student.
“It was created around the time of the pandemic and started to attract a lot of students without much promotion,” Malik said. “I saw myself as a stand-up comedian, people were actively looking for comedy during the pandemic, and it got a small wave of students in a short time – and it’s still growing.”
Check out the MSU Comedy Cellar on Facebook or Instagram.
3) Dive deep into Scuba Club
“Scuba diving is so life changing and to be able to have a club and people who share that is something so unique,” Vice President Lexi Williams said. She insists the club is centered around a passion to see, “places out of this world”.
There are no requirements to join, however, if students wish to take diving trips, they must be certified in diving. If students are interested in becoming certified, the club also has resources to help get students on the right track.
“There are no words to describe how life changing scuba diving is,” Williams said. “Anyone curious about scuba diving should give it a try and come to the first meeting to learn more.”
For more information, visit msuscubadiving.wixsite.com or find the club on Instagram and Facebook.
4) Hunt, guard, beat and fetch in Quidditch Club
Students don’t have to be a Harry Potter fan to join the Michigan State Quidditch Club. The sport is mixed and welcomes students from all backgrounds and interests.
For now, the club plans to keep its original title of “Michigan State Quidditch”, although in July it was reported that many in the sport had opted to rename it to quadball.
To learn more about the growing sport and club at MSU, visit msuquidditch.weebly.com or find them on Facebook and Twitter.
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5) Join the fencing club
One of MSU’s most historic clubs, the Fencing Club caters to students of all experience levels. Clubs are for people who want to learn for fun, participate in competitions, or simply have a social experience. This year, the club had three fencers at the US Summer Nationals.
“Not only is the sport itself incredibly inclusive in terms of gender/sexuality/age/ability/experience,” Widmann said. “Our club encourages everyone to sign up even if they don’t have experience with a previous sport.”
No experience is required, but Widmann says the club requires those who participate to wear closed-toe shoes and athletic pants to protect your legs and feet. They also encourage anyone interested in sword fighting, fencing or trying something new to join the club for trial training. Go to michiganstatefencing.com, or their Facebook and Twitter pages for more information.
DON’T MISS! Attendance is August 30
The student clubs and organizations listed in this article are just a small sample of what is available to students. For the complete list, visit admissions.msu.edu/life-at-msu/. There will be many of them at Sparticipation!
Sparticipation serves as an event to help students learn about clubs and programs across campus. This is a way for clubs to promote their activities while welcoming back current members. The event will take place on August 30 from 4-8 p.m. at Cherry Lane Field (near the Breslin Center). For more information, go to studentlife.msu.edu.
Veronica Bolanos is a press assistant at the Lansing State Journal. Contact her at [email protected] or 517.267.0460. Follow her on Twitter @BVeronica19.