What will your university experience look like? As most of us are just starting to recover from Frosh-week debaucheries, we may find ourselves with some time to make sure advisors are met with, classes registered for and (sinfully priced) textbooks bought. And now that that’s over with, this is the time to choose the ways with which you can foster your creativity, the assortment of families to be a member of and how to supplement your overall time spent here at Concordia.
* For the visually-inclined amongst you, Concordia University Television (CUTV) is an obvious outlet. CUTV is the oldest student-run TV station in the country and is fully stocked with editing equipment and a production studio. As a member they will train you during production workshops or send you out to cover campus events, depending on what you’re into.
* If, instead, your interests lie in the auditory arts, then you may consider joining the award-winning CJLO, Concordia’s official radio station. From rock ‘n’ roll to sports talk, this station offers content for all students, and you can join its staff of volunteers to make it happen.
* Concordia’s Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA) also offers students the chance to showcase their artistic talents: FASA-run Café X and Gallery X— marking their spot in the EV and VA buildings, respectively, — accept artwork in various mediums.
* Placing their own mark in universities and colleges across North America and Europe is Montreal-based Cinema Politica, a film series focused on bringing world issues and global problems to campuses. Volunteering opportunities are plenty and their screenings are always free and are held each week in the Hall building at 7 p.m.
* Each year faculty members, staff, and students (Music majors and non-Music majors alike) bring their singing voices together for the University Choir — also known as MPER 231A in the Undergraduate Calendar. Yes, you are reading this correctly, this is for university credit. Auditions are held on the first day of class, and a year of rehearsals culminates in a solid ensemble ready for concert performances.
* In case you are interested in participating in something bigger, Art Matters is Concordia’s annual student-run festival that celebrates the university’s diverse art forms. Running for over a decade, the festival relies on volunteers to set up exhibitions, run screenings, and organize concerts and workshops — all created exclusively by Concordia students. For information on how to get involved or submission criteria visit artmattersfestival.org