As a leader in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), I have a really cool opportunity to participate in a Virtual Student Organization Fair put on by the Student Activities Center (SAC) this week. On July 23, a number of ethnic/cultural, academic/departmental, political, and honorary groups will meet incoming Lobos to introduce their organizations. SAC has already held an info session for special interest sports/rec, religious, and service organizations on June 25. After my student organization meeting, on August 6th, SAC will hold their last fair with the Associated Students of UNM student government and its agencies.

UNM Student Organizations

UNM has over 400 chartered student organizations. To be chartered means that the university formally recognizes the group as a UNM student organization. There are a lot of organizations and they are all well listed by SAC on the Student Org List. This list normally contains a bio about the org, the president, advisors, and contact information. Student organizations are a great way to not only be involved in the Lobo community but also make great connections and gain leadership experience in areas that may or may not be directly connected to your major.

Virtual New Student Orientation

This event is offered as an extra event for NSO To-Go. The event helps new Lobos feel prepared for life as a UNM student and strengthens incoming students’ understanding that UNM is a diverse campus and there is something for everyone that extends past just their post-secondary education.

The Details

The fair is designed to allow students to meet with the organizations in small break-out rooms and really get to know the group. This was implemented to imitate the normally huge student organization outdoor fair during NSO. There are also other big recruitment events such as Friday Night Live and Welcome Back Days that are key for organizations to gain members, but with the current pandemic, it looks like they may also take shape in a different way. So, this event is a pretty great event for student organizations to reach out to the new students in this uncertain time.

Takeaways

I would encourage you all to check this out, especially if you are an incoming Lobo! While things are different than when I was a new student, if I didn’t meet student organizations at these types of fairs, I wouldn’t have known to join communities like SWE, ASUNM’s Emerging Lobo Leaders, or the Honors College Honors Student Association.

My freshman year and my friends now would be totally different without these experiences. Student organizations really help you make the most of your Lobo experience and, especially during this pandemic, can help you feel connected in this uncertain time.

Anna