“If you build it, he will come.” You could say that famous — and often misquoted — line from the movie “Field of Dreams” also applies to Wilmington University student Charleigh Geil, who’s launching WilmU’s newest online organization, the Marketing Club.
“I noticed there wasn’t a marketing club, so I thought I would talk to some people and see if it’s something we could start,” explains the marketing and biology major. WilmU provides “a lot of opportunities, and they’re willing to work with their students.”
Living in Michigan and working full-time, Geil is one of more than 17,000 WilmU students who take courses online. She hopes the club “will help students feel more comfortable and expand their network,” adding that it will “be a great way for everyone to connect.”
“A great way for everyone to connect.”
The University wants online Wildcats to feel connected to faculty, staff and fellow students through virtual activities and experiences outside of the online classroom.
“We always say, ‘Academics should be your No. 1 priority while you’re here,’ but we will encourage you to take advantage of the different opportunities while you’re here — join a club, attend an event — to really round out your experience,” explains Alice Miller, Wilmington University’s director of student life.
Many of WilmU’s 40 clubs, organizations and honor societies host monthly meetings virtually, offering online students a perfect way to engage with fellow Wildcats — from the Pre-Professional Health Club to the Online Student Association to Toastmasters, an international nonprofit that builds leadership skills and teaches public speaking. There’s Spectrum for LGBTQIA+ students and allies, and SHRM, which stands for the Society for Human Resource Management. The Green Team supports sustainability. And the Multicultural Student Association promotes awareness of diverse cultures.
“It might be easy to assume that just because you’re an online student, you’re shut off from activities. There are many opportunities to get involved,” Miller says. “The online book club is a great way for people who love reading to get involved.”
And if gaming’s your passion, check out WilmU’s five official esports teams.
“We would love to have as many people join us as possible,” notes Christian Broderick, the head esports coach. “It really helps people feel more a part of this community.”
“It really helps people feel more a part of this community.” –Christian Broderick
Of course, communities need leaders, so WilmU also offers a Student Ambassador program. Each fall, the University organizes a Student Leadership Summit in person and online. After completing it, you’re eligible to become a paid Student Ambassador and help with the New Student Connections Group through Canvas.
“It definitely strengthens your resume” and “develops much-needed skills,” Miller says.
Speaking of skills, practice yoga or learn about nutrition while connecting with your Wildcat community during free online events, including bingo and trivia nights. And how about Wednesdays for the win? Follow WilmU Student Life on social media for a chance at our weekly Win It Wednesday contests and drawings.
Did you know Wilmington University has 16 NCAA Division II sports teams in the CACC Conference? Even from a distance, you can tune in and be a super fan! Find a list of games on the Athletics Calendar.
Whatever your interests, Geil has some advice: “I would say to go outside your comfort zone and do as much extracurricular as you can.”
To learn more about Wilmington University’s clubs, organizations and activities, visit https://www.wilmu.edu/studentlife/studorganizations.aspx