With such a big campus, UMass is home to hundreds of student clubs and organizations for you to get involved with! Officially referred to as Registered Student Organizations — RSOs for short — there is bound to be at least one that sparks your interest. I recommend attending the annual Club Fair in the early fall to check out all of the opportunities available to you!
Understandably, clubs and organizations need some form of income to keep themselves up and running, and that's where fundraisers come in! Tonight, I went out to dinner with four of my friends to the Chipotle in Hadley to support the Isenberg Marketing Club. My friend Caroline (first from the left) and I are both proud members of IMC and love to show our support whenever we can! She is also a member of the club's fundraising committee and helped organize the event.
Of course, not all fundraisers involve going out to eat off campus. On any given day, it is a safe bet to assume that there is at least one table set up in the Campus Center outside of the UStore to help fundraise for a club or a good cause! Many organizations host raffles, sell baked goods, or sell merchandise to help raise money, so it's always fun to pass by and see if anything looks good!
Participating in or volunteering to help with fundraisers can be a great way to hangout with members of your club outside of the actual club meetings and to show executive board members how involved you are! After all, it's never too early to start working toward scoring your own leadership position on a club's e-board!