Whether you are fresh out of high school, returning to college after a break, or a transfer student, there are many exciting opportunities to get involved on campus in your first year. Here’s a list of ways to get involved and meet people on campus!
1. Join a sport or club!
There are tons of sports and clubs on campus that are waiting for you to join. Visit http://www.salemstatevikings.com/ for all the updates on sports tryouts and events. For other groups on campus, there are all types that are on campus that will be sure to catch your interest. There’s Resident Hall Association for students living on campus, Program Council for planning events for the whole school, Student Government Association to promote student justice. These are just a small few though, ranging from academics, cultural, performance, media, and even religious. A complete list and more information about these fun and exciting groups can be found at http://www.salemstate.edu/student_life/427.php. On the side left bar under “Student Groups and Organizations” you can find all the information you need!
2. Going to events!
Events are everywhere on campus. They can range from events in a resident hall that RAs or AMs put on, or bigger scale for the whole university to attend! Salem State is never boring because there are events that happen every week. School dances, public speakers, performances (theater, open mic, comedians, poetry readings), movie nights, fun trips off campus for free or discount, and much more! “How do I find out about these cool events?” Posters are everywhere: resident halls, academic buildings, and online. Salem State has an event calendar page, Facebook also has a Salem State class page for your graduating year, and groups on campus post events to their own page as well. Going to events helps you meet people in a fun way and gets you out of sitting in your room! http://www.salemstate.edu/calendar/ has major campus events listed by month.
3. Hanging out in public places!
This is a really easy way to meet people. Common places on campus are the commuter lounge on the first floor in Ellison campus center and common floor lounges in the resident halls. For even more fun, grab some people and take the student shuttle downtown. Most places accept the clipper card as a form of payment, or even give you discounts. Haunted Happenings is going on now through the month of October and there are discounted haunted tours, historical museums such as the House of Seven Gables, Which Museum, and more. The Peabody Essex Museum is always full of interesting exhibits every season and is FREE for students! So grab some friends and take a shuttle ride down town on the weekends and explore the cool stores and tourist attractions that Salem has to offer! The shuttle hours and phone number can be found here: http://www.salemstate.edu/5751.php and a list of off campus businesses that accept clipper card as payment are listed at http://www.salemstate.edu/students/4045.php
Your first year at Salem State should be an exciting year filled with lots of great memories and friends, so try a few things on this list and make this year a great one!