One of the best ways to make a smooth transition from high school to college life is to become involved on campus. The University of Minnesota has more than 600 student organizations for students to become involved with to make new connections and enjoy new experiences. Click here to see a complete list of all the amazing opportunities available to meet new people and develop a new hobby. With a range of sports groups, volunteerism, Greek life, and music, you're sure to find something you can become passionate about at the U of M. In the fall, most organizations work hard to get the word out about their group. Be sure to pay attention and keep an open mind when you are looking for ways to become involved on campus!
A great organization to check out is the We Are...Minnesota Spirit Initiative--a student-run organization with a mission to lead the University of Minnesota community in fan participation, school spirit, and positive behavior. If you're one of the many incoming freshmen who is looking forward to college and the opportunity to join in the Golden Gopher spirit, then the We Are...Minnesota Spirit Initiative may be for you!
The We Are...Minnesota Spirit Initiative features many "Spirit Sections" for several of our Gopher athletics teams. "The Rooter Club" is the spirit section dedicated to inspiring spirit during Golden Gopher football games. The Rooter Club is composed of about 100 members who will lead and coordinate the cheers and chants for the student section. This is a great opportunity to increase your sense of pride, spirit, and belonging in the University of Minnesota. You also gain admission to front-row seats with your free maroon t-shirt, and the chance to be a part of a time-honored tradition. The Rooter Club works with the band and spirit squad to keep the student section going and makes TCF Bank Stadium one of the best football stadiums in the country. I know that I will be part of the student section this fall, and I look forward to the Rooter Club keeping the winning spirit alive!
The We Are...Minnesota Spirit Initiative features spirit sections for other Gopher athletics teams as well, such as "The Ice Box" for Men's Hockey, and "The Barnyard" for Men's Basketball. If you're an enthusiastic student who loves sports, check out the We Are...Minnesota Spirit Initiative and help initiate new traditions, reward positive fan behavior, create a welcoming and exciting environment for all who attend Gopher Athletic events, and create a more unified atmosphere for University of Minnesota student fans.