Clubs: The Key to Finding Community at Cal

Let’s face it: Cal is a pretty big place. With over 30,000 undergrads and over 11,000 grad students, the moment that you step on campus can make you feel a little small. Or, at least, that’s what I thought. The summer before my freshman year when I was nervously awaiting my college adventures to begin I was plagued with fears of “Will I make friends?” while consoling myself with thinking “It’s okay to hermit in your dorm room for the entire year, right?”

I began to orchestrate a plan to ensure my “social success.” I spent hours prowling on student organizations’ websites and facebook pages, determined to find my own little community at Cal. There seemed to be so many options and I wondered how I could possibly narrow it down. I decided on a strategy of starting with one and expanding from there. read more