During her freshman year, sophomore Sara Senesac was unsure of whether she could find students she could relate to.
As an English major, Senesac was looking to find people who were interested in reading and writing as much as she was.
But as a student, Senesac was having a hard time balancing classes and an on-campus job. Finding time for friends, as well as trying to find a way to fit into a club just seemed daunting.
Unable to find many people who had similar interests to hers in the classroom, Senesac took a leap of faith and decided to try out the English club.
Luckily, she found what she was looking for.
“Going into my first club meeting, it was nerve-wracking and I didn’t know what to expect. When I got in here and met everyone and got to see what we were doing, I felt comfortable almost immediately,” said Senesac.
English club meets bi-weekly on Wednesdays in May Hall 112A during the universal free period, 1:30-2:20 p.m.
During their weekly meetings, club attendees not only discuss literature students are reading in and outside of the classroom, but also spend that time thinking about upcoming events to help garner more interest in the club.
Most recently, the club hosted a Harry Potter movie night. Last semester, during the Halloween season, it hosted a “Spooky Reading.” During that event, members of the community were invited to bring in their favorite scary book and read it out loud to the audience.
According to Club President Ashley Merola, the club is also always looking to collaborate with other writing-and-reading focused clubs, such as The Onyx, the University’s literary magazine.
Moreover, students are also encouraged to bring in their writing assignments for peers to look over for grammar and style.
Merola says one of her main goals is to show the value of literature and writing to every student and help spark an interest in English students might not know they have. That in turn, might help them become a more established member of the FSU community, she said.
“English club is open to all students,” she said. “You don’t have to be an English major or minor to join. It is a way that students can make connections and communicate in the community.”
And with such a small roster, the club is always looking for new members, she said.
Merola has been in the club since her freshman year. And as president this year she said she hopes to bring the club back to its glory days when it was much more involved on campus. Merola said she has been working hard to keep English club strong for current and future students.
Since joining English club, Senesac said it has “changed my life.”
She said, “It gave me new friends.”