So I was looking through my previous posts trying to decide what to write about because I feel like I’m too early in the coop search process to start blogging about that quite yet (aka that will be my next post), and I realized that I have not talked at all about all the clubs I’m in! Even though Husky Ambassadors is my passion, I am also involved in a couple other clubs. The list has varied between my first and second year, so I’ll cover all the organizations I’ve been a part of.
Starting off is the Black Engineering Student Society (BESS). As a mixed person, I do struggle to find a place that I feel like I fit within the Black community, but I can so confidently say that I feel absolutely at home in BESS. There is so much love and support between the members in both each other’s academic and personal lives. My first introduction to BESS was at an admitted students’ overnight allllll the way back in March of my senior year. It was really nice to be brought into the community so early on, and I still chat with my overnight host to this day.
My second introduction to BESS was then at the Summer Bridge Program which was during the summer between graduation and starting college. While the overnight was a great introduction in forming a connection with a current student, Summer Bridge was a great introduction that brought together a bunch of incoming first year students and allowed us to start to form our class community. At the start of the week, the mentors told us that we would find our closest friends in all of college at Bridge, and I’m not going to lie I was skeptical that one week would do so much. I am happy to say that they were 100% right as I’m still really close with a ton of people who I met that week, and we have helped each other through so much of transitioning to college and the rigor of classes and many many social dilemmas.
Now to get into what the club is actually like once you’re in school. Each of the club meetings vary from professional development to academic advice and even social tips. Some professional meetings we’ve had were resume reviews, analyzing each other’s social media presence, and information sessions with employers. Academic advice has been in meetings like study tips as well as weekly Zoom study sessions for people to come and get help. In terms of social, just the other day we had a Valentine’s Day themed event with Boston University, Worchester Polytechnic Institute, and Wentworth Institute of Technology where we all got to mingle and play games with each other in a series of breakout rooms. We also have a semesterly battle of the majors where Chemical and Bio Engineers assert their dominance over everyone else (for legal reasons this is a joke).
As BESS is a sub-club of the Northeastern Black Students Association (NBSA), I also attended a couple other events that connected across all of NBSA. One was the annual “kickback” where I’m pictured below with my friend Frida and a caricature that was drawn of us. Another club meeting I went to was where we played Black Jeopardy which if you ever play Jeopardy with a club you’re in, then you’ll quickly find out that it gets veeeeery contentious. This is when I tend to sit back and watch the drama rather than participate in it.
Another club that is under the umbrella of NBSA is Sisters in Solidarity (SiS) which is a club that is essentially a safe gathering for Black women and non-binary people to chat and connect about a bunch of different things. One meeting that I particularly enjoyed last semester was a poetry for healing workshop where we went into breakout rooms with a topic to write a poem about and worked with the other people in the breakout rooms to write poems. Our topic was generational trauma, and you can find all the poems made in the meeting at this Instagram link! You can also look through their Instagram and get a feel for all the different topics discussed at each of the club meetings. (https://www.instagram.com/p/CF2PKFuHKnm/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link)
So, I just realized that I’ve gone on forever and ever about the “NBSA experience” I’ve had, and I don’t want to make this blog post too too long. So, I will make a part 2 to chat about some of the things I do outside of being specifically relevant to my Black experience on campus just to break it up a bit so stay tuned! I guess this was accidentally very fitting for Black History Month so cheers to that.