Looking to do something around school? Join a club!
It has been more than a month that the majority of us have been running from back-to-back classes, and studying for tests in-between, all while trying to stay at a healthy level of student sanity. Being a brand new student at Vanier and walking through the unfamiliar campus full of new faces is overwhelming enough. Sounds like you? Want to de-stress and meet some cool people to talk to? Well, look no further! Many student-run clubs have flourished at Vanier, and they suit all the interests and needs of our diverse student body! Take a look at some of the clubs that might be your new go-to hang out place.
Are you into creating things, and would like to experiment with your artistic side? Do you enjoying taking photos and would like to expand your skill? Then the Photography Club might be for you! Even if you are a beginner, you can learn how to take photos in everyday settings, use the photo studios during club activities and even use your special someone as practice! There are also exhibitions that the club organizes. For example, in February 2016, they had an exhibition for Black History Month. If you would like to learn more, join the Photography Club and get snapping!
Photos aren’t your thing? No worries— Do you know about Vanier’s Esports? Vanier Esports Students Association plays multiplayer online games such as League of Legends, Dota 2, and Overwatch, just to name a few. They also play competitively against other teams in the area. If you have a passion for online gaming and have a competitive streak, then team up with other Vanier players, and become part of a wonderful experience!
Want to just hangout and relax instead? Then come join the Anime Club, and the UMBRELLA club! Both located in the D Metro area. The Anime club are for anime enthusiasts who enjoy reading manga, and of course, watching anime! If you have a break and want to hang around, the anime club is the perfect place to come and talk to others about the latest episode of One Piece, or to open up a manga! (Also, I think there’s free snacks for new members. You’ll have to come and see for yourself.)
Sharing the same room, is the U.M.B.R.E.L.L.A club! This diverse club is open to everyone, regardless of orientation, sex, gender, etc. It is a safe space for people who identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer), but you can also stop by if you want to meet new people or, if you are curious about LGBTQ in general. The club also spreads awareness about different orientations and identities, so that everyone can feel comfortable coming to Vanier.
Did you know that Vanier just recently opened a Vanier Dental Club? Yes, that’s right, you’ve read correctly— a Dental Club! The Dental Club is about the general employment of the field in dentistry. There is also a practical dental admissions test that is required to go into the workforce. They test you on your perceptual ability, dental specializations, and much more. Volunteering opportunities are also available for students who are looking into growing their experiences as a dentist.
There are also religious representatives that are currently active on campus. One of them is the Vanier Christian Fellowship. The Christian club invites all students to their open Bible Studies, prayers, meetings and what Christianity is all about. They are welcome to inform others about their faith and encourage a strong community This club is open to all religious and non-religious students.
The Muslim Club provides an open door to everyone as well. Their main goal is to provide information about Islam in a realistic manner, as opposed to what you may see in the media. They also have a prayer room for those who need privacy to pray in room B502. They organize charities to help countries in need such as Palestine, and Syria.
Do you want to be more active and are interested in trying something new? How about the Vanier Yoga Community club? The yoga club promotes the health benefits of this new recreational sport and is open to both beginners and experts. They will be having yoga sessions in the G Building twice a week. If you want to try a new sport, in a relaxing atmosphere, then try out the Vanier Yoga club!
Want to learn how to eat healthier at the same time? New to Vanier, the Vegan Club invites all students to learn more about environmental awareness through veganism. They talk about what being Vegan is and about the effects it can have, based on what we eat. There will also be information about certain misconceptions associated to veganism, as well as information about animal activism. The activities consist of watching environmental documentaries, listening to guest speakers and volunteering initiatives (I.e.: a potluck).
At the VCSA Insider, we aim to make outsiders insiders. We hope that this article helps you, as students of the Vanier community, to feel more comfortable around campus.
Written By: Aline Yip