On Sept. 20, the Mohawk Students’ Association (MSA) hosted its clubs and communities fair, filling the Arnie with carnival activities like ring toss, a fake tattoo parlour, cotton candy and funnel cake stands, and even a clown honking a horn.
In the centre of the room, clubs set up booths to display and advertise what they’re all about.
Club presidents and a few members sat at each booth, networking and recruiting students.
“It costs nothing to join, and it costs nothing to leave, so there’s no reason not to join today,” Ian Moore, president of the Dark Snakes Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) club, said.
As he spoke about his club, Moore’s passion gave away his excitement for what he does.
Moore put on a deep, medieval accent, addressing curious students as travellers and inviting them to go on many quests with him.
“The community that we’ve created is really warm and welcoming, so any new people are greeted with open arms,” Moore said. “Letting loose, relaxing and trying to put on a different character can really help with the stresses of academics and responsibilities because you can forget all that for a couple of hours and be someone else.”
The college also offers clubs that help students outside of school.
Nishkarsh Dub started a club to help students build resumes.
“You’re juggling academics, you’re also juggling part-time opportunities and you don’t spend a lot of time working on a resume, building a portfolio or cover letter,” Dub, president of the Mohawk Code Ready club, said. “And we want to change that. We want you to be prepared for first semester.”
Dub used the event to his advantage, leaving his booth – attended by a few club members – while he circled the room, telling anyone who would listen about his club.
“My favourite part about the club is people recognizing their own potential,” Dub said. “Before joining our club, people would settle for whatever job they’re given. But now they have the self-realization, and they educate themselves and they’re like, ‘Okay, I can get this job, and I just need to figure out how.’ And the figuring out part is where we come in.”
The MSA’s clubs and communities event was a place for students to socialize, connect, and join a club that interests them.