Grinnell is a great place for any student to get involved in all kinds of extracurricular activities. From varsity and intramural sports to music to movie-watching clubs, Grinnell really has any club or activity you could ever want. The best part, however, is that if there happens to be a club that Grinnell does not have, you can start one with a friend and get Student Government Association (SGA) funding. It is that simple. For me, with school and work I do not have the time I would like for doing ... well ... everything. There are so many clubs that I would like to join, but I simply do not have time for them. So I have narrowed it down so that I can still balance everything in my life.
My most important (and time-consuming) extracurriculars deal with music. I play the oboe and have been playing since the sixth grade. At Grinnell I have decided to be part of the symphonic band, which actually had its semester concert just this past weekend. One two-hour practice a week is not enough for me, so I also take private lessons once a week. On top of that, next semester my friends and I are putting together an oboe trio, which should be a lot of fun. Music has always been a really important aspect of my life and Grinnell has allowed me to continue my musical experience in some really great ways.
Although music is a big part of my non-academic schedule, it is not my only activity. I also take part in the activities of the Campus Democrats. As you can imagine, we were very busy at the beginning of the semester but now things have calmed down a bit.
Like most Grinnellians, I also participate in events organized by other groups on campus, like the ISO Rave, which is put on by the International Student Organization.
At Grinnell the problem is not a lack of great clubs or activities to partake in, the problem is finding time to do all of the great things being offered!