Eugene ___, Recent graduate
While it's fun to join clubs that align with existing interests (the Whiskey Club was great last year!) I would also urge incoming students to get involved with at least one club that puts them outside of their comfort zone. It's a perfect opportunity to experiment, fail, and learn in a safe environment.
One of my best experiences during my second year was playing hockey. It's not a small commitment but it's totally worth it. I went from barely being able to stay on my feet to skating backwards, doing a decent hockey stop, and even managing to score a few lucky goals. Of course during the learning process I spent a considerable amount of my time with my butt/stomach/face firmly planted on the ice after cartoon-like flailing of arms and legs and inevitable loss of balance. All part of the process! There is also no better way to learn teamwork and leadership skills than by playing a team sport. Our captains did an amazing job applying management and leadership principles to build a culture and improve performance.
The point is, it's a great feeling to learn something new, and it's even better to do it with awesome, supportive people who become your friends.