Editorial: Kick off spring semester by joining a new student group, here’s a few to choose from

Our University has a diverse offering of student groups, take some time to see what’s available and take advantage.

by Daily Editorial Board

With a new semester comes new opportunities. Whether it be to achieve your New Year’s resolution or trying something new, the University of Minnesota offers over 800 student groups. There’s something for everybody, from the great outdoors to learning new dance moves. It’s the ideal time to head up a group or test the waters.

Get outdoors

Though Minnesota is home to all four seasons, it sure seems like winter will never come to an end. Luckily, these outdoor adventure groups make it easy to enjoy the outdoors and the beauty Minnesota has to offer. For example, the Outdoors Club has several communities in the group that aim to reach different aspects of the club. The backpacking community and beginner camping community are two of the more popular communities among the several choices.

Check out these student groups: Outdoors Club, Ski and Snowboard Club, Figure Skating Club, Archery Club and Hunting, Fishing and Shooting Club

Bring out your inner artist

Minneapolis is practically the arts and entertainment capital of the Midwest. First Avenue is located near campus and the Whole Music Club is on campus, so it’s only fitting that the University has an abundance of A&E groups. The Electronic Dance Music Club is one to check out. EDM Club includes DJ lessons, production lessons and Q&A meetings with local artists. The group also regularly partners with other student groups and offers chances to DJ events.

Check out these student groups: Electronic Dance Music Club, Minnesota Dance Club, Campus Meme Society, Comedy Club and Musicals Inc.

Have your voice heard

With hundreds of social action clubs, the University offers many politically charged groups. Whether it be bettering animal health, human rights or supporting local charities, the University has a student group for it. One of these groups includes Colleges Against Cancer, a volunteer group dedicated to spreading awareness surrounding cancer. CAC hosts events and activities throughout the semester, with the most notable being the University’s Relay for Life.  

Check out these student groups: Colleges Against Cancer, Feminist Ambassador Brigade, Hearts2Help, Human Rights Student Association and Minnesota Youth Collective

As we begin a new semester, it’s the perfect time to try something different. Grab a few friends and check out a new student group — you never know what you’ll like until you try it!

If you’re looking for more opportunities, GopherLink provides a directory of the more than 800 student groups that the University offers.