Students connect with organizations at Strike Out Fair

Friday night's Strike Out Fair took place at Gaither Gym.
Photo Submitted by Ruelle Fludd

The Strike Out Fair took place Friday in Gather Gym, giving FAMU students an opportunity to learn about different organizations.

This event happens at the beginning of each semester. Several organizations were in attendance to inform students about how joining can be beneficial to them.

MyQueal Lewis, who was representing the Collegiate 100, became aware of his organization through the Strike Out Fair.

“I came to talk to some of the guys, and I felt as if their personality, the things that they stood for, and most importantly what the organization platform was really meshed with the things I want do after I graduate,” said Lewis.

Lewis went on to explain what the Collegiate 100 stands for, which is brotherhood, community outreach and helping students at Florida A&M University.

“This is a time where we can all be vulnerable with each other. We’re all college students doing college for the first time and have different worries, anxieties, and stressors. This was the place that I could release that and have a supportive family that encouraged me through it,” said Chidinma Ogbenna representing IMPACT@FAMU campus ministry.

Ogbenna let it be known that she has grown spiritually from this organization. “If you want to find a space where you can be you and fellowship with others that are like-minded just like yourself and be comfortable in a space where you know people have your back and will be praying for you, then Impact is definitely for you,” she said.

Danielle Tate, representing the Beta Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, encourages students to not be afraid to reach out. “We are resources of the university. We’re here for the students and to get them more involved in our community,” Tate said.

She explained how Delta Sigma Theta is an organization of college-educated women committed to the constructive development of its members with a primary focus on the black community.

The Strike Out Fair, hosted by the Efferson Student Union, also included new incoming organizations such as the Minority Association of Premedical Students (MAPS). Daija Smith knew the president of MAPS from Florida State University and thought it would be a good idea to introduce MAPS to FAMU’s campus.

Smith said MAPS will focus on community service, outreach, shadowing opportunities, and being CPR certified for the fall semester. “We are dedicated to improving the health disparities and the minority population,” she said.

The Strike Out Fair gave students the opportunity to see what organizations interest them along with knowing what they stand for.