Joining registered student organizations (RSOs) and making the most of your time at Illinois State has never been easier. Consider these helpful tips for meeting with student and campus representatives at Festival ISU.

Make a plan of action

This year’s Festival ISU is spread out on the Quad over four days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each day features different categories of student groups. Check out the event details on the webpage to find out which days align with your personal, academic, and professional interests.

Get out of your comfort zone

Is there something you’ve always wanted to try? Perhaps you want to learn photography or play lacrosse but have never had the opportunity before. Make sure to put yourself out there and visit every booth you think you might be interested in. You might just find your new life’s passion!

Ask questions

RSO representatives attend Festival ISU because they want to talk with potential new members. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you may have about RSO events, meeting schedules, and core values.

Share your contact information

Many RSO booths will have opportunities for students to share their email address or phone number. Giving RSOs your contact information may seem daunting, but it’s the best way to make sure you don’t miss that first meeting or forget about the cool people you met at Festival ISU.

Think long-term

What do you ultimately want out of your college experience? Are you here to meet new people? Do you want to expand your professional skill sets? Look for RSOs that will help you achieve your long-term goals at Illinois State.

Collect free stuff

Bring a bag to collect as much free stuff as you can! Keeping giveaway items is the perfect way to make sure you don’t forget which organizations you vibe with at Festival ISU.

Keep in touch

Follow student groups on social media and request to join RSOs on Redbird Life. You may not be able to attend an organization’s meetings this semester, but your schedule will change next semester. Make sure you keep tabs on all the RSOs that pique your interest for future involvement opportunities.