There are some skills you can’t learn inside the classroom, like how to grow a mustache, the lyrics to a pirate song or how to promote aesthetic biodiversity. Thankfully, college students around the nation have picked up the slack and started their own campus organizations to address these essential needs. Next time you are trying to boost your resume, consider adding some “skills” that will surely set you apart from the crowd. These clubs will get you on the right path:
Campus People Watchers for “Social Intelligence”
“So ha, we aren’t creepy!” reads the online description for this University of Minnesota club. According to the website, Article 1 Section A of its constitution guarantees it. Members of this club sit on benches to watch people and write reviews of other campus organizations. They also photograph kids on leashes and Harry Potter look-a-likes at the Annual Campus People Watchers Scavenger Hunt at the Mall of America.
Other Skills to List: “Anthropology Guru,” “Psychology Expert”
Carleton Mustache Club for “Professional Image”
This club of avid facial hair growers is quick to clarify that its members are not arrogant. The three goals of the club as described on the Carleton College website are “the betterment of society through the medium of volunteer labor, the promotion of glorious facial hair growth upon the upper lip, and talking like this.”
If you are a woman, do not fret. The club accepts females making “a valiant effort to produce a mustache.” The less-mustached sex, as women are referred to, should shave their face, excluding the upper lip area, in order to be considered full members.
Other Skills to List: “Impressive Vocabulary,” “Social Work”
Other Skills to Gain: “Gender Inclusivity”
ARRR! for “Resource Gathering”
Who said plundering and pirate chanting didn’t have a place in higher education? This Brown University club is proving that they do. Founded in 1999 as a “support group for unrepentant pirates and sea dogs,” the club’s members “earn their riches and infamy through singing, plundering, drinking outrageously, and, occasionally, embroidery,” according to their website.
This seafaring club will also allow you to list an impressive title such as Captain, First Mate or BootyMaster in the experience section of your resume. Or, at the very least, it will help you earn some street cred with a fancy nickname like “The Infernal Pirate Rufo Lawrence.”
But these pirates have a soft spot for tunes. With three albums released, singing pirate songs is one of the club’s main activities.
Other Skills to Gain: “Dressing to Impress”
Once you’ve gotten your feet wet, consider expanding the skills gained on campus by joining one of these:
The Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas for “Community Engagement”
Granted, you might have to wait a couple — or dozen — years until you are ready for this club, but this international, fraternal organization is the logical next step for a Carleton Mustache Club alumnus, for example. According to the website, the mission of this organization is to train Santas and enhance their portrayal of Santa Claus for the benefit of families and communities. Founded in 1994, membership currently exceeds over 700 real-bearded Santas, according to the website.
Other Skills to List: “Acting”
World Association of Ugly People for “Diversity”
The motto of this international club founded in Italy is “Ugliness is a virtue, beauty is slavery.” Club dei Brutti, its name in Italian, is the perfect option for unfortunate-looking students studying abroad. Originally started by Italian noblemen and formerly a marriage agency, the club seeks to protect aesthetic biodiversity and combat the media’s portrayal of beauty.
Other Skills to List: “Advocacy”
Other Skills to Gain: “International Networking Experience”
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