By Meghan Chandler
Western Michigan University offers over 300 registered student organizations (RSOs) that give students the opportunity to be involved with the campus.
RSOs span interests of all students from academics to experiencing different cultures.
Many RSOs complement majors offered at WMU. Some of these RSOs include the biology club and the public relations organization.
The student government at WMU, the Western Student Association, allows all students, especially government-related majors, to see the government in motion as well as become more aware of the goings-on of WMU. WSA has existed since WMUs opening in 1903.
Being a part of organizations can teach students the importance of time management, said Jasmine Neldon, WSA speaker of the senate.
“In some situations, a student may be more likely to acquire a leadership position in an organization if they have past experience that is relevant to the position or to leadership in general,” said Neldon.
Campus Activities Board is another organization that WMU students can become part of by attending three consecutive meetings on Monday nights at 8:30 in the Bernhard Center Room 208, according to Nick Spaleny, president of CAB.
“Once you join CAB you can join different committees, help promote or volunteer at CAB events, vote on which entertainment we will bring next semester, and more,” said Spaleny. “Joining CAB is also a great way to meet new people, learn about different RSOs and other events and things happening around campus.”
“Being involved also makes you feel like you are more than just a student at this university,” said Spaleny.
Former high school athletes looking to remain active can join intramural sports teams or sports clubs such as the running club and the mixed martial arts team.
Students interested in expanding their knowledge of other cultures can join RSOs such as the International Programs Council (IPC).
“IPC is here to introduce cultures from the different parts of the world and at the same time provide fun times for the international students,” said Sear Rahimi, student advisor to the executive board of IPC.
Students who wish to continue their faith after coming to WMU can check out RSOs on campus such as the Bronco Campus Ministries or the Buddhist Meditation Group.
WMU also offers a vast Greek Life for students to become involved in. WMU offers eight chapters on campus that each have a different mission, purpose and ritual, according to Hillary Morrow, director of communications for the Panhellenic Council for Greek Life. Morrow said that all Greek chapters have minimum school requirements that encourage and require students to maintain a certain level of academic excellence.
Morrow said Greek Life provides an amazing support system for all WMU students, especially in the first year.
A full list of registered student organizations can be found online via the GoWMU portal at GoRSO, or by visiting www.rso.wmich.edu.