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Assistant Director of Campus Life Jamie Engle discusses the plethora of student activities that Tufts has to offer.
Medford/Somerville, Mass. [10.03.08] Finding one's niche can be a difficult task, but for newcomers to the Tufts community, an endless array of options await.
If you've got a fighting instinct, perhaps the Taekwondo Club is for you. Film buff? Try Film Series. Want to explore a foreign culture? Try the Asian American Alliance or the Indian Society.
As the Assistant Director of Campus Life, Jamie Engle and her department strive to provide "exceptional programs, services and opportunities to enhance [the] overall educational experience and quality of life outside of the classroom." One way this is encouraged is with the Office for Campus Life's (OCL) annual Student Activities Fair. This year's fair was held Sept. 8.
The fair, which Engle says has been going on for several years now, originally started out as a three-day event held in the Mayer Campus Center. In the fall of 2007, the format was changed to a one-day evening event on the Academic Quad that allows all 160 student groups to come together in one place to show off what they have to offer.
"It's an opportunity for student organizations to recruit new members as well as highlight their achievements in the past years," Engle said. "In the end, the results are very positive."
Formerly known as the Office of Student Activities, OCL underwent an official name change this summer with the hopes of reflecting their broader reach within the community. Besides working with student organizations, the office also focuses on helping its student employees and club leaders alike with leadership development.
Can't find what you're looking for? New groups are constantly forming. Or, you can start your own. OCL walks students through the process, and providing you can find 15 people interested in your idea, you could soon be on your way to leading your fellow Jumbos into new worlds of culture, music and more.