By Alina Buzgar, Editor-in-Chief
At Thunderbird, the start of school always coincides with an avalanche of student-driven events happening alongside classes and academic work. Club Day is a perfect example. Thunderbird Student Government (TSG) creates an opportunity for students to launch and lead clubs on campus in order to enrich our professional experience, business and cultural learning, as well as our social and health wellbeing.
Club Day was hosted at the TEC on January 22, 2016. For two hours, 27 clubs each with their own table pitched their goals and ideas for their clubs along with proposed activity calendars with fellow students. Whether the focus is cultural or professional, sports or social, the clubs all came prepared to showcase their platforms, gauge interest and gather feedback from current students for the upcoming semester. Gabby Guey (MAGAM ’17, US) says, “Club Day was a great opportunity to share the Africa Business Clubs events. The turnout, despite student enrollment, was good and the number of new clubs this semester was remarkable. To see such ingenuity and creativity was refreshing and made me confident about the variety of extracurricular activities offered this term.”
Thunderbird entrepreneurship is alive and well: new clubs were launched and clubs with a long history continue through the leadership and time volunteered by students. The new clubs line-up includes Business of Fashion @Thunderbird, Start Ups Club, and Thunderbird Meditation & Wellness Club. Clubs with decades of history like Rugby Football Club, Middle East and North Africa, and China Entrepreneur Network showed up alongside recently created clubs with a proven track record of success, such Society for Human Resources, Soccer Club, Thunderbird Emerging Markets, and Management Consulting. Patrick Shields (MAGAM ’17, US) adds, “Club Day was a great event in order to get our club out there and introduce the new students to what Thunderbird Rugby Club is all about. I look forward to this next semester, especially with the new teammates.”