Getting Involved in Social Action!
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Hello internet and interested future Oxy students! Today I wanted to tell you all about the opportunities on campus to get involved with clubs and organizations. When I first got to campus, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, and many of my friends felt the same way. Luckily, Oxy puts on an amazing involvement fair in the first few weeks of school. The fair takes over the quad, music blasts from various speakers, and there is an overall sense of excitement and possibility. I went from booth to booth speaking with upperclassman students along the way. It was hard to not sign up for everything! There were different sporting clubs ranging from rugby and martial arts to Quidditch and hiking; artistic clubs such as different dance troupes, spoken word, and Oxy graphic design; cultural groups that reached out to every student from every background on campus; even a beekeeping club! There’s pretty much a club for everyone (to see a full list click here).
I found myself at the Planned Parenthood table and immediately signed up. I had always been interested in the issues they support and had even worked for PP in the past. Since signing up, the club has opened up so many doors for me. It was through them that I started canvassing for abortion rights. They were looking for students to work with the Los Angeles Leadership Lab, part of the greater LA LGBT center, to go into neighborhoods to speak to voters about abortion access and rights. Now, I have become an active volunteer with the organization.
Similarly, I found a passion working with Project SAFE on campus. Project SAFE is a prevention and intervention support program dedicated to end sexual violence on Occidental's campus. Specifically, I am a member of the Student Advisory Council, a committee that is a direct link to the student community. I have found myself surrounded by other interested and active students who want to make a change and work to make Oxy a better school.
These are serious issues to me and that is why I decided to join organizations that were created around them. And through joining them I have gained so much. You see, clubs at Oxy don’t end when the meeting time ends. The people you meet, the friends you make, and the opportunities that arise from being a member are endless and extremely rewarding. Whether you join the Queer Student Alliance, Greek Council, a fraternity/sorority, or the chess club, you will find an environment that is supportive, fun, and leads to so many more things. That is the beauty of Oxy: there is so much to do and so many places to do it. I promise you, no matter what your interest might be, you will find other students who share that interest. So come to Oxy, and see where your passions take you!