Olivia Alvord, Staff Writer
The number one way to get involved in your campus community is to go to Campus Life events. Throughout the year, the Campus Activities Board staff works hard to create weekly events for students to have an outlet for some fun and provide a break from studying. Going to these events can be a big bonus for you too, as they often give out outrageous prizes like TVs, gift cards, and lots more. Going to events on campus is also a great way to get free food. Eventually, your meal plan will run out and you will have to live off Cup Noodles from the Parsons Store until finals week, so take advantage of the free food year-round. Whether you go alone after your Thursday class for yoga and smoothies or meet up with your friends for a competitive game of bingo, there is always a fun event to look forward to. Campus Life activities are not just for resident students, either. Our campus community has worked hard to provide multiple opportunities and flexible times for events so that commuters have the chance to attend as well.
Campus Recreation is another place that you can build your connections. Whether you are there to play three-on-three intramural basketball, hike Twin Falls with the SOAR team, take advantage of the weight room, or attend Tai Chi fitness classes in the studio, there is always a supportive community and adventurous outlet within the rec center. The Charneski Recreation Center is free to all current students and is open 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on holidays. Fall intramurals include three-on-three basketball, five-on-five flag football, tennis doubles, and four-on-four volleyball. The season begins Sept. 10 and ends Oct. 15, so register soon or save the date and watch your friends. Fall fitness classes start Monday, Sept. 9, and will continue throughout the semester. Feel free to join these classes at any time. Just make sure to register for them on imleagues.com.
Another way to get involved in your community is to participate in different clubs and organizations on campus. There are multiple times throughout the year that club fairs will occur, where you can learn what clubs are all about and sign up to be a part of one. If you are not sure of the club options on campus, check out the Saint Martin’s website under Student Life and click on Clubs and Organizations. The Associated Students of Saint Martin’s University (ASSMU) is the elected student government on campus. ASSMU meets every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the Trautman Union Building (TUB), and all students are welcome to attend if they want to have their voice heard and participate in decisions regarding our campus community.
Additionally, if you are feeling down or just need someone to talk to, head over to the Counseling and Wellness Center. They offer counseling at no additional cost and are truly there to help students. Their hours are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and they are located near Old Main in the Saint Raphael Center. You can call to make an appointment at 360-412-6123 or just drop in during open hours, which are 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The staff would love to help you.