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Check out some of UofSC's most interesting student organizations
By Catherine Jobe and Caleigh McDaniel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joining a student organization is a great way to meet like-minded people and find your home at Carolina. With over 500 clubs that focus on academics, sports, service, careers, interests and more, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Stop by the Student Organization Fair on Greene Street on Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 4 to 7 p.m. to meet organizations that will be providing inforrmation.
Here are some examples of UofSC’s many interesting student organizations.
If you’re passionate about saving the bees, look no further than the Carolina Beekeeping Club. This club will have guest speakers, educational presentations, field trips and crafting events (think beeswax wraps, lip balms and DIY bee houses). The Carolina Beekeeping Club’s current initiatives include taking care of their two hives, hosting beginner beekeeping classes, working with the South Carolina Beekeeping Association and raising money for nonprofits dedicated to protecting honey bees and other pollinators.
Make everlasting friendships and serve the Carolina community by joining Best Buddies. Best Buddies is an organization that enhances the lives of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities by fostering new friendships with college students and providing integrative opportunities.
Calling all foodies. Nothing beats eating some great food and meeting people who appreciate food just as much as you do. The Food Appreciation Club can help you do just that. Find new exciting places to eat in Columbia while on a college budget.
The Mountaineering and Whitewater Club welcomes all students to join in outdoor activities, including backpacking, rock climbing, hiking, whitewater rafting, skiing and environmentally directed volunteer work. The club connects students with nature in a meaningful way by creating a community dedicated to enjoying the outdoors. The Mountaineering and Whitewater Club aims to assist all students in exploring the outdoors in a safe and friendly environment.
If you love making people laugh, being on stage and thinking on the fly, check out The OverReactors Improv Comedy Club. The group strives to give students the opportunity to experience and perform improv comedy. Practices are open for anyone to attend, regardless of experience. With a constructive and fun environment of long- and short-form games, The OverReactors are dedicated to enjoying themselves as well as improving at improv and learning how to get up there and make people laugh.
Carolina Collab helps students discover their hidden talents and explore different areas of art. Carolina Collab focuses on encouraging students to collaborate with each other in music, visual arts and acting. The organization strives to help students network in their chosen industry, improve their craft, create community competition and showcase the talents of UofSC students.
For an adrenaline rush, check out the Flying Gamecock Skydiving Club. The club focuses on educating its members about the sport of skydiving, mentoring beginning jumpers and promoting skydiving safety. The club also organizes an annual skydiving trip for anyone who wants to experience the thrill of free-fall to attend.
Give a Dog a Bone is a student organization comprised of members who are passionate about working with animals. Give a Dog A Bone works with the nonprofit service dog training organization PAALS and the no-kill shelter Pawmetto Lifeline.
Nippon Anime Society of Heavenly Imagery(NASHI) is UofSC’s anime club. Attend NASHI’s weekly meetings to vote on the anime of your interest, watch and hang out with friends. While the club is all about anime, NASHI encourages its members to express any of their interests. At meetings you can draw, cosplay, play games or even just gush over your favorite manga or TV show.
Join Ukulele Club to have a great time learning how to play the ukulele with other musicians of all skill levels. Experienced members are there to give advice and help members who are new to playing. At the Ukulele Club, you can learn a lot of fun songs, sing along and have a great time.
The Carolina Film and Television Club is open to all students interested in studying, discussing and watching cinema and television. The club promotes the appreciation and study of cinema and television arts and works to create a community of film and TV enthusiasts on campus. The Carolina Film and Television Club encourages open discussion of film and TV through student meetings, viewings and community activities.
For more information about UofSC’s student organizations, visit Garnet Gate.
Can’t find what you’re looking for? Visit the Leadership and Service Center website to learn how you can start your own student organization.
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