On Sept. 9, hundreds of Kean students attended Kean Day from 12 to 4 p.m. This event was designed to showcase all of the opportunities for involvement on Kean University’s campus.
Clubs and organizations that are active on campus decorated and hosted a table for students interested in joining them. During Kean Day, these tables had giveaways, candy, sign-up sheets, and plenty of information.
After checking into the event, students were given two tickets. These tickets could be used for various food options. This included places such as The Chippery Food Truck and Rita’s Italian Ice Truck.
As students indulged in the food selection, listened to good music, and surveyed the campus, they saw dozens of tables that were focused on different topics such as reading, criminal justice, STEM, volunteerism, and more.
“I think my favorite thing about being in biology club is that when you’re close with your members … it really does help you because you get to know all of the inside tips that you might not know if you’re on your own,” said Aniyah Smith, the historian of the Biology Club.
Joining clubs and organizations related to one’s major is an excellent way to participate in campus life while simultaneously learning skills that will contribute to a future career. In contrast to that, students also pursue interests that don’t align with their majors.
“I joined [Helping Younger Hands] through a friend and kind of just stayed through just because I liked it so much … kind of ended up with this president position, it wasn’t a plan, but I’m very happy about it,” said Delaney Yaniak, a forensic psychology major.
Yaniak spoke about how forensic psychology appears to be unrelated to being president of Helping Younger Hands. Yet, she thoroughly enjoys volunteerism and spreading awareness about the challenges that children face daily.
It is important for Kean students to find a community on campus that aligns with them. This can contribute to the development of friendships and increase positivity on campus.
Rayleen Ramos described how the West Indian Student Union could help people become more knowledgeable about their culture. Ramos mentioned how this organization provides students with a sense of community and collectivity.
In addition to the abundance of clubs on campus, there is a strong community for Greek life. Kean offers opportunities to join historically African American, Latin, and Multicultural sororities and fraternities.
“My favorite thing about being a member is the sisterhood … because anytime I need something, or I’m feeling down, I need resources, there’s always somebody to call on,” said Imani Draper, president of the Tau Gamma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
To find out more information about Kean’s clubs and organizations, students can utilize Cougar Link.
Kean Day ended with a wonderful impromptu stroll performance from the sororities and fraternities present at the event. On the Miron Student Center Patio, a circle was formed by an audience of students as they cheered for the people on the dance floor. This day truly exemplified a diverse and supportive community of students and staff.