Club Rush, which was held outside of building 11 during the student activity hour, is an opportunity for students to engage and learn about the different clubs that CF has to offer.
Building 11 is the new location for the office of Student Life, so Club Rush was moved there from the previous location of the gymnasium. Normally, Club Rush is held outside barring inclement weather. With the sun shining and the temperature in the mid-60s, there was no need for club rush to be held in-doors. The weather, combined with a range of upbeat music, created a friendly atmosphere for students and visitors to walk around and participate in the festivities.
Female student Mia Lasaga enjoyed her first Club Rush. She believes that getting involved with a club is great for moral support. When asked what she thinks about Club Rush, she said: “It’s great for people to get active.” Lasaga also said that getting involved with a club can help grades because it offers a way to deal with stress. Lasaga is also a member of the P.R.E.P. (Psychologic Rehabilitation Education Program) Club.
Jannea Messer, the president of the P.R.E.P. Club, said they provide a safe space for people on campus. The P.R.E.P. Club is confidential, provides support, groups and offer information on mental health and mental health awareness as a member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).
There were a total of 34 different clubs, colleges, and community organizations that participated in this semester’s Club Rush. “Being the spring semester, we usually have a smaller turn out of groups participating,” said Marjorie McGee, the Student Life Coordinator. “[The number of participants] exceeded our expectations- so much that we had to order additional tables to accommodate each group.”
With so many different participants, it would be difficult for somebody to not find a club or organization that didn’t catch their interest. There were various clubs and organizations, such as the Student Activity Board (SAB), the Soccer Club, the Salsa Mix Club, and CF’s delegate to the Florida Model United Nations.
Even if a person isn’t looking to get involved with a club, Club Rush provides a great atmosphere for students to come together and interact. Zach Salser walked around and spoke to people, as he was there to hang out. As Club Rush was held during the student activity hour, it provided a nice intermission from classes.
For the students who were unable to attend due to various circumstances, another Club Rush will be held during the fall semester. Each Club Rush provides a new opportunity to get engaged with fellow students.