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Clubs round out students' education

By Julie Ooms

Dordt students do much more than study and socialize. Some participate in a sport, or play in band, or work on campus—or all of the above. Some don’t do any of the above—either because they don’t have the time or simply don’t want to. Dordt’s student body contains a huge variety of student interests that the more traditional activities, like athletics or musical ensembles, don’t cater to. For that, Dordt has clubs.

“Clubs give students another avenue of involvement in an area of interest to them as a part of their college experience,” says Ken Boersma, the Vice President for Student Services at Dordt. “They allow students to become directly involved in an area they like or are gifted in.” Some students join a club because it relates to their major or career aspirations, like the Social Work club and the Future Physicians club. Others join clubs to discuss and address social concerns, like the Justice Matters club. Still others join a club just to have fun, and there are many examples of “just for fun” clubs—Comedy League (a club which also relates to Theatre), Game Club (drawing on a large collection of board games), or Four-Square Club (yes, Four-Square Club).

Clubs do more than allow students to pursue their interests; they give them opportunities to assume leadership roles, socialize with like-minded students across grade levels, and interact with faculty.

When asked what he thought the most effective clubs at Dordt were, Boersma said he believes that all are effective in different ways. Some clubs help students broaden their perspective within their own majors. Some offer students alternative athletic opportunities (like the Blades hockey club, which has been going strong since 1968). Other clubs might not last as long, but still bring current students together around a common interest (like an archery club several years ago). “That’s what an effective club does,” Boersma says. “It brings students together and involves them in a positive way.”