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Student involvement focuses on virtual participation

Illustration by Abi Millet

With so many different options for organizations for a student to be involved, students may feel they are struggling to find their niche in Boise State’s 20,000 plus student population. However, according to Melinda Stafford, the assistant director of student involvement, there are still many ways a student can be involved. 

“Student organizations are still active virtually,” Stafford said. “There are many campus events going on that are small and held outdoors.” 

Another way to be involved on campus, besides the common organizations like clubs, fraternities or sororities, is to get involved with residence halls and intramural programs, according to Stafford. 

“Boise State is a large campus with many students enrolled,” Stafford said. “By getting involved, you’re shrinking down the campus to something more manageable and intimate with people who share your common interests, which feels good.” 

Stafford knows that by being involved, a student can have a more rewarding college experience. They are graduating with more than a degree, but with strategies that allow them to apply themselves in ways beyond the classroom, according to Stafford. 

For Katie Killmer, a sophomore dual elementary special education major, her sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha, and  the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) club provide the basis of her social life. 

“I don’t know what my social life would be like without these organizations,” Killmer said. “I get to know different groups of people from different places.” 

Killmer highly recommends getting involved, even during the pandemic, because although many organizations are going virtual, they are trying their best to make the experience as real as possible. 

Killmer’s sorority is hosting events that follow CDC guidelines, including maintaining a six-foot distance between individuals, and always wearing masks. 

“It’s very different than it was in the past,” Killmer said. “For example, my bid day buddy was in Oregon, so I FaceTimed her to show her around the sorority.” 

Bid day is the last day of sorority recruitment where those interested in a sorority might receive an offer, or a bid. According to Killmer, each sorority on campus is different and not like the movie stereotypes a student might be used to seeing. 

“To anyone who is considering getting involved, do it,” Killmer said. “It’s a great way to be involved with the community and meet new people. You feel like you’re leaving an impact; it’s really rewarding.” 

For Riley McCrady, a senior education major, her club Quizbowl, is changing how they are doing things this semester. 

“Our club is like an academic trivia club, like Jeopardy,” McCrady said. “This year, we’re competing online, and that changes what we usually look forward to.” 

McCrady says that being involved on campus is one of the best decisions she has ever made, because it forces her to do something outside of her academic life and allows her to meet people. 

“This is a time when there isn’t a lot of social interaction happening,” McCrady said. “It’s a time when students need to be involved.” 

According to McCrady, her club is different than most on campus because there is a little bit of everything for everyone. 

“We like to get individuals in the club that have different sets of knowledge,” McCrady said. “Plus, traveling is fun, which we get to do with this club, just not this year.”
For students looking to be involved in organizations, contact the Student Involvement and Leadership Center at  getinvolved@boisestate.edu.

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