Creating community on campus
Yes, college is about working hard in class. But it is also a time for students to learn about themselves and explore their passions outside of academics. At Minnesota’s Private Colleges, there is a club, organization or recreational opportunity for just about every interest, giving students a chance to get involved and be part of the campus community.
"Clubs provide the opportunity for students to come together over a shared passion,” said Margaret Cahill, director of campus life at the University of St. Thomas. “They are able to connect with a variety of students they might not connect with in class or through other campus experiences. Participation in student clubs or organizations enhances their learning through social, problem-solving and interpersonal skill development,” she added.
Another twist on clubs are those focused on sports; while these aren’t varsity sports, the camaraderie is just as strong and the athletic prowess can be just as impressive. “Rugby is such a great community to be part of,” said Erica Sheline, a Carleton College senior and team co-captain. “It is competitive yet collaborative. It has really helped my confidence on and off the field and helped me to just go have fun.”