Published: Aug. 28, 2017
2016 Be Involved Fair at Norlin Quad

Looking for a way to get involved on campus, or to join an organization or club?

Join the Center for Student Involvement and the Volunteer Resource Center for the annual Be Involved Fair from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, on Norlin Quad. The festival includes free food, music, giveaways and the opportunity to engage with hundreds of CU Boulder community members and student organizations.

Making the most of the Be Involved Fair

Two students interact at 2016 Be Involved Fair at Norlin QuadWhat you need to know

  • Over 300 student organizations, campus departments and resources, and community organizations tabling in one place. It's the best place to find all sorts of involvement opportunities in the CU and Boulder communities.
  • Free food and tons of giveaways.
  • The fair will be sorted into categories. There will be a map illustrating the location of each category (but not the location of specific organizations).
  • There will be a list of all the organizations attending indicating which category section you’ll be able to find them in.

5 ways to be ready for the fair

  • Check out the list of organizations attending, and pick a few that sound interesting to you.
  • Look at the map beforehand to get an understanding of how to orient yourself when you get there.
  • Bring your schedule for the semester.
  • Go with an open mind; you never know what might speak to you when you get there.
  • Write a short list of things you want from a club or organization (i.e., work experience, meet new friends, be more active), then check out several groups and weigh them against your list.

Two students interact at 2016 Be Involved Fair at Norlin QuadQuestions to ask organizations

  • What does your organization do?
  • What does it look like being a part of your organization?
  • What does it look like volunteering with your organization
  • What resources does your department have for students?
  • How can I get involved?
  • What kind of time commitment is there to be involved with your organization?
  • When do you meet?
  • Where are you located?

Reasons to attend if you're a . . .

​Freshman

  • Find your place at CU; make friends by getting involved.
  • See everything that campus has to offer all in one place.
  • Help make the campus “smaller” by finding your niche.

Sophomore

  • You've had a year to settle into campus, make friends, get a grip on classes. Now see what other things campus has to offer and how much there is to get involved with in your free time.
  • Come to find your perfect fit.

Junior

  • Start buffing up your resume with things you’ve been involved in.
  • Find something to specialize in or something you excel at.
  • Perhaps gain some leadership skills.
  • Get ready for internships.

Senior

  • It's your final year: Find ways you can get involved and boost your resume so that applying for jobs seems less daunting.
  • Graduate school opportunities.
  • Possible experience in your chosen post-school employment field.