Glendon Clubs: An Alumna Perspective
When I first started at Glendon, I was scared and nervous. I was leaving behind the 4 years of friendships and comfort I had worked so hard to make. Now, I was forced to make new friends and find new comforts — a feat that terrified me. As someone who is incredibly shy, I decided to join a club where I could meet people with similar interests as me.
I had been dancing my whole life, so when someone told me that Glendon had a dance team I figured that would be a good place to start. On Clubs Day I immediately found the Glendon Dance Team table (although at the time the club was known as Frenched). I was told that the first meeting was that Friday, so when I got back to my dorm I made a rather large note on the calendar hanging on my dorm wall. Every day, after class I would return to my dorm and see that note, and it became the one thing that got me through my first week of university.
The dance team turned out to be more than I could have ever imagined. We talked, we laughed, we cried, and we danced our hearts out. Fridays had become the day where, for 6 hours, we could forget everything that week had thrown at us. I was surrounded by the most supportive group of people I had ever met. By the end of my first year, I knew I had joined a family, and that every subsequent year our little family would continue to grow, while maintaining its supportive and uplifting spirit.
For five years, I watched the team grow into something so much bigger than just dance, and I am so proud that I was able to be a part of that development.
Whether it is your first year, or your third, I would encourage everyone to leave your comfort zone for just a moment, because you never know what is out there for you. It is never too late to get involved, and if there is not a club that interests you, it is never too late to start one. Clubs and teams are a huge commitment, but they are worth every moment of your time.