Splash into a Sea of Student Groups

Splash takes place Sunday, September 4 on Nickerson Field. Flyer courtesy of Student Activities Office.

If you want to join as many clubs as possible or are looking for different clubs this year, then Splash is where it’s at. There is no other event that brings all of BU’s clubs together in one area. Taking place from 3 to 5:30 pm on Sunday September 4 on Nickerson Field, Splash can be as fun as you want it to be. It can be daunting trying to navigate the seemingly endless lake of clubs, but a few helpful tips will ensure the best possible experience.

Tip #1: Make a (small) list of clubs before you go. Last year I didn’t do any research and ended up missing out on clubs t I wanted to join. It may seem like you’ll be able to get to every club, but there are just too many to choose from. Log onto bu.edu/youdo for a list of all clubs and write down a list of ones that interest you. Make it as short or as long as you like, but I would suggest 10 or less. By doing this you won’t miss out on potentially rewarding activities.

Tip #2: Give yourself enough time! Freshmen, if you’re out there, listen up! BU is big—really big, which means we have a lot of clubs. The start of school is always, always hectic, but Splash is vital if you want to participate in extracurricular activities. Do not underestimate the time you’ll need there; give yourself at least an hour and a half. (Splash lasts two and a half hours anyway). Go early to avoid crowds (but crowds are inevitable), and don’t be in a rush. Have fun!

Tip#3: Be selective. It may sound obvious, but don’t sign up for too many clubs! Be realistic with your selection because if you sign up for too much, you may end up not joining any. It’s great to have a varied selection at the end of the day but not so many you won’t know where to begin. If you want to do community service, choose up to three different clubs in that area and then narrow it down. Like many before me, I got caught up in excitement and signed up for clubs that I never attended. Clubs want dedicated members, and it is disappointing for them when people don’t show up.

Splash is a great event, really the only event the whole year that showcases BU’s wide array of student groups. Clubs are not only a great way to have fun but also great for making friends and being connected to BU.  If you are stuck on which clubs to join, I’ve got a short but heady list of fun clubs that will suit any fun-loving student.

If you like unusual sports, Quidditch or Ultimate Frisbee sound just as fun as they are. For the crafty types, the Anime Club or Origami Club will satisfy. A movie or video game fiend would love either the Film Society or Video Game Society, respectively. Making a small difference in the BU community is important, and Hug Don’t Hate is a great starting point. Love music, dance or theatre? Try the Dance Theatre GroupDJ Association, or Music Business and Performance Club. If you are sick of dining hall food, and need a break, Slow Food BU offers respite from food doldrums, with an activist twist. And if you have a penchant for student journalism, check out the campus’ variety of newspapers and magazines (The Quad is a great place to start!).

So set forth this Sunday and conquer Splash like a pro! You will not regret it.

About Briana Seftel

Briana Seftel (COM '14) is an aspiring journalist with an appetite for adventure. When not writing for the Quad, she enjoys exploring the great city of Boston.

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