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Looking for a Sense of Community? Join a Club, say Club Rush Participants

September 5, 2017

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The first club rush of the fall 2017 semester outside of the library on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017.

The first club rush of the fall 2017 semester outside of the library on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017.

Photo by: Jimmy Heng

Photo by: Jimmy Heng

The first club rush of the fall 2017 semester outside of the library on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017.

Fresno City College had their fall Club Rush on Aug. 30 from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the library. Club Rush is an event that occurs early every semester and allows for the campus clubs to gain more exposure and recruit new members.

Some clubs talked about their experience during Club Rush and what they look forward to achieving this semester.

Jose Franco Soto, active member of the Asian American Club, said the the club really impacted him. “I went in for the wrong reasons, but after some time I made a huge commitment in staying,” he said. “Not only to myself, but the community and all my peer members in the club.”

Jose encourages incoming freshmen to join the club because, “It’s a good starting point to really get your foot in the door and it’s a great way to start off your [collegiate] journey.”

Clubs are a great outlet for students to meet people with similar interests and make friends, said Mary Lee, president of the Otaku Club. “It’s fun, it’s entertaining and it’s never boring,” she said. “We have many events to keep you occupied.”

“Our purpose is to promote all kinds of Asian cultures.” says Sarah Xiong, member of the Asian American Club. They also provide members with leadership experience and a sense of community.  “The activities that we do are really flexible for all the students around here. We understand that students want to be active in a club but they have really bad class schedules. That’s why we have a lot of activities. It’s just really a lot of volunteer experience.”

Several clubs say that the event went well and they gained many signatures from interested students.

President of Anime Club, Bianca Viveros, looks forward to having an active semester and says, “We expect to work with the Otaku Club to make more events for people to join.  Especially high schoolers who are graduating and going to college and they figure, ‘Might as well join the Anime Club,’ if they are interested.”

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