The Ohio State University at Marion


​Extra-curricular enrichment

Better grades, leadership, networking, and socialization seen as benefits of campus involvement
Written by Austin Harris, junior English major/communications intern

Those involved in student life at Ohio State believe an active Buckeye is a successful Buckeye, which is why Ohio State Marion encourages students to engage in activities and clubs on campus, citing benefits in developing networks, socialization, leadership, a sense of belonging, and a well rounded college experience.

Strengthening student involvement in clubs and organizations is one of the key elements in the campus's long term strategic plan and according to Program Coordinator for Student Life Karen Leuthold, who is the person tasked with the formation and regulation of student organizations on the Marion campus, there is evidence to support the benefits of student involvement beyond the classroom.

“There’s a lot of research that shows that the more involved you are in campus activities outside the classroom, the higher your G.P.A. will be, the more likely you are to graduate from college, and the more likely you are to stay at that school.” Leuthold said.

Sophomore computer science and engineering student Thomas Marcarello is a founding member and current secretary of the Gamer’s Guild at Ohio State Marion. Even though his club is about the appreciation of video and tabletop gaming, he still encourages people to join similar clubs on campus.

“It’s a networking tool, and especially as you enter into the college phase of your life, networking becomes infinitely more important,” Marcarello said. “Generally, we just have tournaments. That’s how we kind of advertise. You can play a game competitively but not get mad about it and still end up having fun in the end.”

Marcarello mentioned that people can’t help but be captivated by friendly competition.

Whether it student groups are social, cultural, academic, or political in nature, Leuthold doesn’t disregard the interests or activities of any club.

“We think that they’re all important,” Leuthold said. “We think that having social opportunities for students, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and hobby and religious opportunities, keep students engaged and help them be better students.”

Biology major and sophomore Alan Esparza, who serves as both president of Undergraduate Student Government (USG), and vice-president of the Griffin Society and Biology and Chemistry Club, feels although the organizations he is involved in are primarily academic and leadership based clubs, student organizations like his definitely have distinct social qualities students can benefit from.

“You make connections. You need connections to be successful, in my opinion,” Esparza said. “It’s often that the students involved on campus are student workers, are students with good academic standing; students that would be a good impression on you.”

Many of the clubs offered at Ohio State Marion provide a different experiences for a variety of interests. For example, Eparza’s clubs take part in activities ranging from observing wildlife to community involvement.

“The Griffin Society makes a connection between the honor students. We try to get them to be together and that usually helps maintain honors standing and helps students when they have difficulties in classes,” Esparza explained. “USG helps those students learn how to make connections, who to talk to, and how to get involved in the community,” he said. “For the Chemistry and Biology Club, you gain skills in your major area. It could be how you do an experiment or identifying certain plants or animals.”

Beyond learning about the fascinating culture and foods of Africa, freshman communications major Julia Marshall shared that she also enjoys meeting new people as part of the Swahili Club experience.

The community aspect and the smaller, more personal meetings are something that sets these organizations apart from a simple class-gathering. Leuthold felt that it was this phenomenon that keeps people coming back.

“I always try to talk to them about interacting with their peers. I think that’s more effective than doing just social media or flyers,” she said.

“You can go to your class and you can leave and drive home,” said Leuthold, “but you’re not going to make friends. You’re not going to have fun. You’re not going to make these lasting-relationships.”“You’re going to enjoy college more the more involved you get and the more people that you meet,” she emphasized.

Leuthold also mentioned that students not involved in a student organization can still get involved in any advertised event on campus offered by the Office of Student Life.

Students who want to learn more about getting involved on campus or joining a student organization are encouraged to contact Karen Leuthold at leuthold.12@osu.edu or call 740-725-6273.

Biology major and sophomore Alan Esparza, who serves as both president of Undergraduate Student Government (USG), and vice-president of the Griffin Society and Biology and Chemistry Club, feels although the organizations he is involved in are primarily academic and leadership based clubs, student organizations like his definitely have distinct social qualities students can benefit from.

“You make connections. You need connections to be successful, in my opinion,” Esparza said. “It’s often that the students involved on campus are student workers, are students with good academic standing; students that would be a good impression on you."

Many of the clubs offered at Ohio State Marion provide a different experiences for a variety of interests. For example, Eparza’s clubs take part in activities ranging from observing wildlife to community involvement.

“The Griffin Society makes a connection between the honor students. We try to get them to be together and that usually helps maintain honors standing and helps students when they have difficulties in classes,” Esparza explained. “USG helps those students learn how to make connections, who to talk to, and how to get involved in the community,” he said. “For the Chemistry and Biology Club, you gain skills in your major area. It could be how you do an experiment or identifying certain plants or animals.”

Beyond learning about the fascinating culture and foods of Africa, freshman communications major Julia Marshall shared that she also enjoys meeting new people as part of the Swahili Club experience.

The community aspect and the smaller, more personal meetings are something that sets these organizations apart from a simple class-gathering. Leuthold felt that it was this phenomenon that keeps people coming back.

“I always try to talk to them about interacting with their peers. I think that’s more effective than doing just social media or flyers,” she said.

“You can go to your class and you can leave and drive home,” said Leuthold, “but you’re not going to make friends. You’re not going to have fun. You’re not going to make these lasting-relationships.”

“You’re going to enjoy college more the more involved you get and the more people that you meet,” she emphasized.Leuthold also mentioned that students not involved in a student organization can still get involved in any advertised event on campus offered by the Office of Student Life.

ACTIVE STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Students who want to learn more about getting involved on campus or joining a student organization are encouraged to contact Karen Leuthold at leuthold.12@osu.edu or call 740-725-6273.

For details on these organizations visit:
http://osumarion.osu.edu/student-life/student-organizations.html

  • Active Minds
  • Astronomy Club
  • Biology Club
  • The Arabic Club
  • Cornfield Review
  • Engineering Club
  • Le Cercle Français (French Club)
  • Griffin Society
  • The OSU Marion Writers’ Club (“Kapow!”)
  • Koru Group
  • Multicultural Club
  • Non–Traditional Student Organization
  • OutLoud - LGBTQ Club at Ohio State Marion
  • CCO Marion Christian Fellowship
  • Soccer Club
  • Sociology and Criminology Club
  • Social Work Club
  • Swahili Club
  • Undergraduate Student Government
  • Veterans of Marion Campus