A high school guidance counselor, tour guide, parent or noisy aunt has probably already told you that you need to get involved on campus to have the quintessential college experience. And at Colonial Inauguration you’ll be introduced to some of the more than 450 active student organizations on campus.
The sheer number of clubs and organizations means you’re bound to find something that piques your interest. Political groups like the College Democrats and College Republicans are popular on GW’s politically active campus, and you can join arts and academic organizations, Greek life and student government.
But if you’re looking for something slightly whacky, there are plenty of student organizations that most likely did didn’t exist at your high school. Here are a few of the most unusual clubs on campus.
Looking to alleviate the stress of college classes or a roommate driving you over the edge? Try your hand at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a martial art and self-defense system that focuses on ground fighting, a fighting style in which one or both of the combatants are on the ground, according to the group’s website.
Club members will learn the basics of the art and practice in a “safe and welcoming environment,” according to the group’s OrgSync page. Who knows, maybe you’ll become the next jiu-jitsu master. If not, at least you’ll have an interesting answer on Thanksgiving when your family asks what you’ve been up to at school.
GW Whiners and Diners
Calling all foodies. The GW Whiners and Diners group offers the chance to sample some of Foggy Bottom’s and D.C.’s best restaurants. After you eat, you and fellow organization members can write blog posts about the food. And, of course, if you don’t like the food, you can say so – they don’t call themselves “whiners” for nothing.
The whiners and diners also post creative and dorm-friendly recipes on their Tumblr page, where you’ll find tips on how to make everything from gluten-free crepes to sloppy joe casserole.
Knit N Bitch
You’ve heard of a knitting club, but how about a club that mixes knitting and venting.
This organization promises meetings during which you can grab a needle and some yarn and air out all your grievances. The group says it promotes “mental well-being within ourselves and within our communities.”
“Our meetings focus on how we can become better individuals – by facing our difficulties, recognizing our limitations, and building our skills – and how we can build better communities by sharing our skills with others in need,” according to the group’s website.
GW Stand-Up Comedy Society
Two GW students walk into a bar and – I forget the rest.
You can create your own punchlines with the GW Stand-Up Comedy Society. If you’ve ever dreamed of following in the footsteps of Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld or Jon Stewart, you might just get your start cracking jokes in the Mitchell Hall theatre, where the group stages open mic nights and performances a few times throughout the school year.
The group also aims to promote “stand up comedy and stand up comedy culture,” according to its website.