This past weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the Mid-Atlantic conference for the National Association of College Activities (NACA) with my fellow Student Union Board exec members. The conference was held in Buffalo, NY (I had never been there before) so I was really excited to road trip with other surrounding universities.
“NACA is the recognized leader in higher education providing knowledge, ideas and resources for campus life, providing our members with programs and events focusing on student and professional leadership development, program planning, concert management, diversity and more.”
I recently went to the activities fair, which was everything I expected and more. No seriously, it’s just like the movies, hundreds of tables with people handing out flyers and telling you about their club. I loved walking down each row looking at the signs and thinking, “What am I gonna do here?” College is a clean slate, an opportunity to sign up for new things, and this prospect got me very excited. Probably a bit too much considering I signed up for almost everything…I mean it’s just an email, right?
About a week later I started to receive emails from all of the organizations from which I signed up for.
On Friday I ran the Student Union Board‘s (SUB’s) first late night event of the semester!
The event was First Friday, which features numerous galleries and local artists from the Philly area!
“First Friday is a unique cultural event in Philadelphia and one of the city’s most popular evening escapes. Held the first Friday night of each month, this arts community ‘open house’ brings together city dwellers and suburbanites, contemporary arts and antique collectors, aficionados of classical and contemporary design, and theater and performance buffs.”
And added to that list was Saint Joe’s students!
Now that SJU is officially in full swing, you may be asking yourself; what is there to do in my free time? Many SJU students ask this question. Being involved is something that we all “want” to do, but when it comes down to it we struggle to find where exactly we fit in. What is the best option to enhance the college experience? Below I have provided you with options, highlighting some of the more popular choices found on the SJU campus, but remember these are only a few of many options available to the student here at St.
College can be a big transition for most, if not all, people making the big leap. Looking back a year later since I moved into Villiger 338, I can honestly say that the only feelings I can remember were excitement to move into my own, new space (and to decorate it however I pleased) and the sadness of leaving my friends and family.
Now I’m a sophomore (woah) and the same emotions are consuming my body just like last year.
However, I would say that there are a lot of differences. Freshman year you’re more consumed with freaking out over the location of your classes,
When you get to college, you are constantly told to get involved and be active. Many students do not understand the importance of this advice. Not only do you make friends for life, you may also get some unbelievable opportunities. I am a part of two clubs at Saint Joseph’s University: Radio 1851 and the Sports Marketing Club. Through these clubs I have been provided with not only great experiences, but also unbelievable trips that I will never forget.
Most recently I traveled with the Sports Marketing Club, as well as with Dr. Lord and Professor Tryce,
I wear more radio gear than anyone else. I have black t-shirts, grey long-sleeve shirts, multicolored radio sunglasses, hoodies, and more! I am literally a walking advertisement for Radio 1851. (I write with radio pens for goodness sake.) I even constantly talk about radio – about my shows, about friends’ shows, about events, about music… I literally don’t shut up.
It has been a while since I’ve been so passionate about something.
Saint Joseph’s University is known as a stellar institution of higher learning, providing students with a well-rounded education. But, what is there to do outside of obtaining an education? The number one answer from students is to join a club or organization. Hawk Hill provides hundreds of opportunities to get involved.
Many of my friends ask me, “What clubs or organizations are you involved in?” For me the answer is easy, Radio 1851.
The station began in 1922 as WSJR. We were the first college radio station to broadcast on AM, and later to move to FM in the 1980s.