Getting involved at BYU

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Claire Larson practices her breakdancing skills. The breakdancing club meets Tuesday nights from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. in the Wilkinson Main Ballroom.
With more than 30,000 students at BYU, one can easily worry about getting lost in a sea of students. The trick to finding friends and a sense of belonging at BYU is to get involved. There are many options available to students.

Clubs

Clubs are a great avenue to learn about different career fields and activities. Some of the clubs on campus include Students for International Development, BYU Hip Hop, Humor U, Students for Social Innovation, Society of Professional Journalists, Ukulele Club, martial arts clubs, BYU Running Club, BYU Whitewater Kayaking Club, Ping Pong Club, cultural clubs, A Capella Club, Social Dance Club, BYU Vegetarians, EcoResponse, Tall Club and even the Gospel Teaching Club. Many students have found their involvement in clubs valuable.

“Getting involved with the Women in Business Club has been a good opportunity for me to learn from people who have been successful,” said Lauren Dixon, a finance major from Sandy.

Clubs allow students to network with friends of similar interests now who can connect you with opportunities later. Look for a club that meets your interests. If you don’t see a club that interests you, start one.

“Go on to the BYUSA Clubs website to apply to create your own student organization,” said BYUSA Clubs representative John Cutler. “Then there is a review process. Students need to have a full-time university employee as an adviser.”

Service Opportunities

The Y-Serve is a place many students go to perform service.  Their mission is “to provide every student with a meaningful service opportunity. We seek to instill in the heart and mind a desire to give lifelong service.”

Located in 2010 WSC, the Y-Serve Center offers 56 community service programs helping people with disabilities, children and the elderly. Some of the programs take place in the Center, while others partner with nonprofit agencies in the Provo community.

The Stop and Serve Office, 2330 WSC, offers opportunities to perform simple service, such as knitting beanies for children. It is located in 2330 WSC.

Intramural sports teams

More than 12,000 students participate in intramural sports as a fun way to stay active. BYU Intramurals offers more than 30 activities annually. Play your favorite sport or learn a new one and make friends. Go to the Richards Building with your friends to create or join a team.

“I would do intramurals again,” said Kara Shirley, a volleyball player and humanities major from Tustin, Calif. “It’s nice because it is organized and there’s a referee.”

On-campus jobs

Another way to get involved is through an on-campus job. About 15,000 students work on-campus every year. This gives students work experience, promotes better time management and provides additional opportunities to make friends.

The National Survey of Student Engagement from the University of Iowa claims college students who work less than 20 hours a week on campus tend to feel more involved and have better grades. Most of these working students also exhibit a more positive attitude than those who do not work. Apply for an on-campus job by visiting jobs.byu.edu.

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