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What Goes on Outside the Classroom

Willamette students are involved in many activities beyond their academic work. According to the Office of Campus Life, the average student participates in almost four co-curricular activities during their education at Willamette. Co-curricular activities are a terrific way for students to build leadership and interpersonal skills -- with over 100 clubs and organizations, many of which are developed new each year, there are lots of opportunities for students.

Over the break you might hear your student talking about one or more of these club options, or intramural sports or service learning opportunities. Here’s a few links so you can learn more for yourself:

Take-a-Break is one of Willamette’s most visible and highly regarded community service learning projects. Students, faculty and staff spend their spring break traveling to locations around the U.S. to engage in service projects for a community. During the projects participants have the opportunity to learn about the challenges faced by different communities with which they might not be familiar. Applications for trips during spring break 2012 were due recently, so these service projects have definitely been on the minds of some students.

More students participate in intramural and club sports, over 900 a year, than any other co- curricular activity on campus. Intramural teams pit Willamette students against one another in various sports, while many club sport teams compete against clubs at other college and universities. Intramural and club sports are a great way for students to relieve stress, have fun and build life-long friendships. 

Beyond sports activities, Willamette has clubs and organizations for virtually any interest a student might have. From religious and academic organizations, to social and service clubs, there is a wide-range of active groups. And, if a student has an interest that is not represented by the active clubs and organizations, there is great support and encouragement to organize a new one. 

There are many other activities and leadership opportunities on campus, like student government, The Bistro and Greek life. You can learn more about them by visiting the Student Activities website.