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    University of Colorado students Nick Julander, left, and Noah Haas carry their belongings into Willard Hall on the CU campus in Boulder. From skaters to guitarists to otaku, CU has a student group for everyone.

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    University of Colorado student Ethan Stanczyk slides across a rail in the terrain park at Eldora Mountain Resort. Boulder Freeride prides itself as the largest collegiate ski and snowboard club in the world.



For many college students, some of the most rewarding or instructive experiences come outside the classroom. It’s the moments between lectures and hours spent in the library that can provide the lessons or memories that linger longer than the academic aspects of time spent on campus.

The University of Colorado, mindful of that fact, offers a dizzying array of student organizations and clubs that can be explored during the college years, enough so that it’s doubtful something of interest is not available for virtually every one of its nearly 30,000 students.

The Center for Student Involvement lists about 500 existing groups, and in case that roster somehow doesn’t include something fitting a student’s most passionate interests, it also offers instruction on how to go about establishing yet another group that might scratch that particular itch.

A complete listing of the available groups is available at colorado.edu/involvement, and likely, you’ll know your sweet spot when you see it. But because we occasionally fantasize about how we might approach our college experience if we had it to do over again, here’s a sampling of what caught our eye, among those clubs currently on offer.

Anime Anonymous

This group is the go-to place for those who enjoy watching Japanese animation and studying Japanese entertainment culture in general. Participants learn Japanese and also discover other aspects of Japan through various media. It’s also an opportunity to simply connect with other people who have shared interests.

For more information, go to the club’s website: anime-anonymous.org.

Boulder Freeride

Quick, before global warming removes this as an option, this club offers a chance to explore the beauty and adventure to be found in the snow that still occasionally graces the high country. Members of Boulder Freeride are united by a love of the snow. It is billed as the largest student group on campus, as well as the largest collegiate ski and snowboard club in the world.

Its stated goal is to provide students at CU a club through which to socialize with other students who share the same level of passion for winter sports.

The group also is not idle during the warmer months. The “Welcome Freeriders” party is held at the beginning of each school year, a big camping trip is organized each fall, the organization hosts a number of skiing and snowboarding movies throughout the year, as well as monthly meetings and a variety of club trips.

For more information, go to the club’s website: boulderfreeride.org.

Walkabout Creative Arts Journal

At its core, the Walkabout Creative Arts Journal is comprised of a board of about five to 15 undergraduate student editors hired on a yearly basis by a democratically elected editor-in-chief. Its goal is to produce one annual publication featuring CU undergraduate student submissions of prose, art and poetry.

Submissions are solicited in the fall, and following the selection of pieces to be included, publication takes place in the spring semester. The group is funded in part by the Creative Writing Department and in part by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. It has been active on campus since 1973.

For more information, visit walkaboutjournal.com or email walkaboutmag@gmail.com.

Charlie Brennan: twitter.com/chasbrennan

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