The annual Merrimack College Involvement Fair was held this Friday the 10th from 1-4 pm, starting the long Labor Day weekend off with a bang!
The lawn in front of the Sakowich Campus Center was bustling with students and organization tables, as well as a special appearance from the beloved Whoopie Wagon, which handed out a variety of pastries for students to enjoy as they perused the tables and signed up for clubs!
For so many members of the Merrimack community, being involved in extracurriculars is a fun and social way to build the skills they need to bolster their resume. Extracurricular activities give students the chance to build leadership skills, collaboration and teamwork, organizational and critical thinking skills, as well as experience in event planning!
To help encourage student involvement and to emphasize the synergy between campus involvement and job searching, the O’Brien Center had a front and center table complete with their ever popular wheel of swag! For a simple spin, students could win fun prizes such as LinkedIn lanyard, or book of Merrimack College post- it-notes. They also had big posters and flyers that detailed information about the resources they offer, such as networking events being held throughout the month, and a reminder to register any internship you have on Handshake to win a $5 Dunkin’ Gift Card!
The Nursing Club was there, talking about how they are the artists behind the brightly colored and encouraging rocks one may see around campus.
Clubs like the Gender and Sexuality Alliance Gaming Club, Active Minds, Club Sports, Residence Hall Association, the MCTV and the Beacon, The Writer’s House, and the Film Club were also clubs present and proud to be showing off their accomplishments to potential new members.
For the Mackapella group, Pat Duncan explained that Merrimack’s very own acapella group has been on campus for 11 years, and there is high interest this year. The group sings the national anthem at sporting events, and at elderly homes through the Mack Gives Back program. Pat says their goals for this year are to:
“Get as many members as we can, escape COVID, and of course have fun!”
For the band, who had made a handmade poster board filled with photos of events they have done in past years, the 2020-2021 school year was one of trial and error for them. Through the fall, they learned and practiced rhythm work, and in the spring they got special performers masks and put on a virtual concert for the school. And just this year, they have begun bringing their brand new marching band to football games, such as the one this past weekend, where President Hopey and his wife were eager to take a photo with them. The band also consists of a Jazz Ensemble, Athletic Band, and Concert Band.
The list of extracurricular activities keeps growing each semester, so no matter what your passion, there is a group on campus that represents you and your interests. And the experiences you have with the clubs you choose can be fine tuned to help hone skills that will serve you well in your future career for the rest of your life!
With so many clubs and organizations at Merrimack College, even more than listed here, it couldn’t be a better time to join and help spread Warrior pride! Getting involved in extracurricular activities, no matter what your passions are, are an incredible way to improve and fill your resume, and nobody knows involvement like Merrimack College does.