During their meetings, the members chat about Swift, play games or
song trivia, and foster relationships with each other over a common
interest. Building a relationship with others in one’s community is a
main goal of every club on campus, he said. It brings people together
who otherwise might have never met each other.
“It’s been a lot of fun and coming up with different ways to approach
her music and approach a discussion about it has been really fun,”
said White. “I’m excited to see what the Winter semester will bring
because we’ve done a lot so far and it’ll be fun to see where we can
go with it next.”
Other student organizations, like Alternative Breaks, are more
purpose driven and aim to achieve a common goal through the organization.
Alternative Breaks sends GVSU students all over
the country to help out with the environmental and social issues of
their choosing. Partnerships have been created and fostered over 31
years, allowing students to help out communities in need.
“We support a lot of communities and we make sure our members get to
choose the cause that they are passionate about,” said Hannah Scopas,
president of Alternative Breaks.
Forming a student organization at GVSU is a fairly simple
process and the Office of Student Life is a helpful tool for students
to get started. Bri Slager, assistant director of student
organizations, guides students through the process and helps them
gather all of the information needed to successfully create their organization.
“We have the philosophy in Student Life that if a student wants to
have an organization here we will do whatever we can to make that
possible,” said Slager. “I always say, 'I don’t deny, I modify.'”
In order to be considered for review, a student organization must
have five executive board members and a completed constitution of
their goals and rules. Interest meetings can also be held to gauge the
interest level of the student population.
The Office of Student Life will host Campus Life Night on Friday, January 13. More
than 300 student organizations, departments and local businesses will