Festival ISU to help students find their niche

It is the second week in to the semester, students have begun to adjust to new schedules, professors and classes. For new students, it might be just the right time to find the social group you click with.

The University Program Board is coordinating Festival ISU from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug.28 on the Quad, to help students find where they belong.

“Festival ISU is a must-go-to event if you are a student at Illinois State University,” Brett Gilbert, Public Relations Chair for UPB, said.

The event is a chance “for students to find their niche,” Gilbert added.

“Basically, any RSO, club sport, business, department and any other organization will be there trying to recruit you.”

The current list shows over 200 booths registered for the event, including RSOs, university departments and offices, local restaurants and businesses, fraternities and sororities and sport teams.

Each year the Quad is packed with groups eager to attract new members, realtors advertising their off-campus apartments and activist organizations hoping to make their voices heard. Festival ISU has something for every interest.

Not only will students be bombarded with info on all of the activities they can get involved in, they will also be given tons of free goodies.

“The students will get a lot of fliers and free things like pens, T-shirts, sunglasses, etc. Plus UPB’s tent will be giving students the opportunity to tie dye a shirt,” Gilbert said.

It is easy to get overwhelmed by all the possibilities and by the sheer amount of people trying to get your attention. However, Gilbert advises students to go into Festival ISU with an open mind and a lot of curiosity while talking to as many people as they can; they might be surprised by what interests them.

“The people working there want to talk to you, so don’t be afraid to go up and start a conversation with them. If you don’t know about their organization, find out what they do,” Gilbert, said.

(Photo submitted by Paige Meisenheimer) Students visit the Urban Needs In Student Education booth at last year's Festival ISU.

(Photo submitted by Paige Meisenheimer) Students visit the Urban Needs In Teacher Education booth at last year’s Festival ISU.

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