Clubs and Groups from tchotchkes to quaffles: We've got it all here at IU!

Not a day of New Student Orientation goes by without someone asking, "Linden, how in the world will I be able to find things to get involved in on campus?" or "How am I supposed to meet people in this sea of 42,731 students?"

Well, my response would be, "How could you possibly you not do either one of these things?" but I don't usually say it like that because that would be a tad bit sassy.

Instead I advise people to attend the Student Involvement Fair that will be held this year on August 29 in Dunn Meadow.

I tell them about how IU is home to over 750 student organizations and that there is something for everyone.

I rave about how unique all the clubs are but then it occurred to me...have I ever even researched all these clubs and organizations for myself?

Sadly, the answer was "no."

That needed to change! 

I decided to embark on a "journey" to find some of the most diverse/original/off-the-wall/atypical clubs we have here at IU.

I began my search at myINvolvement.indiana.edu where I was able to search clubs and organizations by name or keyword.

I also came across a site that featured an alphabetical list of all IU student groups.

There is a lot going on at this school and here are some of the crazy clubs that I found!

Laughing Club

Those of you who know me are aware of this already I'm sure but for those of you who don't know me, let me tell you...laughing is one of my favorite things to do. HAHA! <see?! Anyway, this sounds like a great club to join if you like to laugh or want to be around people that like to laugh. So check it out!

The Hula-Hoop Club

Well this sounds like fun! The description says that hula-hooping is a great form of exercise and I believe it. Have you ever tried to hula-hoop for an extended period of time? I did once and came out of it with a six-pack! Ok...that's a lie but I think it is a fun and unique way to work out those abs and it takes you back to your childhood days of hula-hoop contests with the neighbors.

Yiddish Club

Recently, I went to a Shabbat celebration with a bunch of friends of mine. Most of us weren't even Jewish but we learned a lot about the faith and the culture. Yiddish is an ancient Jewish language of Eastern Europe and I think it would be so cool to find out more about it. So don't me a schlemiel and go learn some Yiddish!

Zombie Club at Indiana University

I, personally, am not that into zombies. Frankly, they scare the you-know-what outta me! Stems from a nightmare I had back when I was about 14 years old...don't judge. They are scary! But I think it is so cool that there is a whole club devoted to "zombie-themed activities" as the description says. So for those of you that are a bit braver than I, live it up! Get it? Live it up...? Zombie joke.

The Midnight Snipes Quidditch Team at Indiana University

I must say, this sounds AWESOME! Please check out the description on the myINvolvement page. They play off-campus and have their meetings at Baked! of Bloomington. Cookies and Quidditch?! You can't get much better than that! Even if you aren't a Harry Potter fan, I think you could have a lot of fun! And I think I put exclamation points at the end of every sentence in this section. Can you tell how excited this makes me?!!!

Geocaching Club at IU

For those of you that don't know, geocaching is basically like treasure hunting. You won't turn up with a bunch of gold most of the time but you might find some other really cool little things. I know where one of the geocaches is on campus but apparently there are hundreds all around Bloomington! If you like using a GPS and like challenges you should definitely check out this club!

I am amazed by the vast amount of organizations here at IU. There are so many opportunities to get involved and I bet you that it isn't hard to find a club that fits your unique interests. But if you can't find the right one, just start your own!

Getting involved on campus was what made IU feel like home to me. During my freshman year, I was the representative for my floor in Wright Quad and then that led to my term as President of the residence hall. We got to do so many cool things for the students and I got to meet some truly wonderful people. This is a picture of the advertising committee for one of our largest events last year, Centralpalooza. It was basically a gigantic block party. The student governments from all the residence halls in Central neighborhood worked together to put on this program that featured several local bands, a rock wall, tie-dying, and tons of other activities. We also performed a flash mob in the food court to advertise for it!

I urge everyone to get involved as much as possible in your time here at IU. Whether you are an incoming freshman or a super-senior getting ready to start your 5th year here, find something that you enjoy doing. Find something that interests you or challenges you. This gives you something to put on your resume and it allows you to build networks and connections. And, ya know what? You might actually have some fun! Check out the sites I've highlighted above too. I hardly even scratched the surface when it comes to the variety of groups on campus. Let me know if there is something you think I should have included! Or, start a club that you think is more radical than the ones I put in here! Maybe one day I'll blog about it!

About The Author
Linden SpaldingSpeech and Hearing Sciences Class of 2014

Hi there! My name is Linden Spalding. I am a Senior from New Albany, IN and I am studying Speech and Hearing Sciences here at Indiana University. I work as a Resident Assistant in one of the residence halls on campus and I absolutely love my job! I also serve as a Hoosier Guide which is part of our Student Ambassador program through the Office of Admissions. I show prospective students and their families the campus and tell them why I love IU! This summer, I also worked for New Student Orientation as a Student Coordinator. It was so much fun working with the OTeam and getting to meet all the new students and their families! Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions or comments. I would love to hear from you! Go Hoosiers!