Joining clubs benefits transfer

Los Medanos College offers its students the opportunity to join a club, which can help students transfer to a four-year university.

“Being at a community college, you miss out on the university experience,” said Student Life Coordinator, Jamila Stewart.“Clubs create this university experience.”

Clubs are similar to fraternities allowingstudents to socially interact with people who share similar interests in academics, hobbies, lifestyle choices or community service.

When applying for college, students discuss the extracurricular activities they take part in. An extracurricular activity can include the involvement in clubs and shows universities how connected the student is to the school.Stewart said universities “look at students who are going to carry on the reputation of the college.”

Each club requires a different form of application, whether it is on paper or in person. Students can join a club at any time. Lissette Urbina, in her third year at LMC, joined the Circle K Club at the start of her second year.

The Circle K Club was created to provide service to the community and those on campus. Urbina explained how the club is a great way to meet a lot of people, both in the club and in need of assistance from the Circle K members.

“The service itself is really gratifying,” Urbina said, with a smile on her face.

If a club at LMC does not interest you, you can always charter your own. You must complete a Club Chartering Packet, which can be downloaded off of the LMC website under the Clubs and Organizations tab, and turn it into the Office of Student Life. The packet requires you to have four club officers who each maintain a 2.0 GPA, an advisor, who is a full-time LMC employee, an approved club constitution and two officers to attend the Student Club Orientation.

According to the student club handbook, one benefit of chartering a club is developing leadership skills. Chartering a club shows how an individual is dedicated to bringing together students at LMC and in the community. One student in the process of chartering his own club is Sulton Taymuree from DVC. He is creating a club, Promoting Positivity, because he is unsatisfied with the negativity around him and wants to help people.

Taymuree is using his resource of chartering a club to gain leadership skills and accomplish his “quest to change the world.” He said it is “an opportunity for him to grow as a person, and spread his ideas and thoughts.”

Universities look for students who will stand out and make a difference on campus.

For information on how to join or charter a club, call 473-7554 or visit Student Life in the GA Building, located by the Child Study Center.