College is not just about what happens inside the classroom. Students learn a great deal about themselves and their studies by pursuing extracurricular activities such as student clubs. The following is a list of just some of the student clubs in which marine affairs students are active. We encourage you to get involved in your field and meet new and interesting people!
If you don't see a club that fits your interest, think about starting one - it's a great way to get some leadership experience.
Joining a national professional organization, many of which offer discounted memberships to students, is also a great idea. The most popular national professional organization for marine affairs students, The Coastal Society, offers a discounted student membership and encourages student participation in its biannual international conferences. Attending conferences like this, and even presenting at them, is a great way to network and to make connections that will be useful when it comes to finding a job.
Outside of the University, local organizations such as Save the Bay and the Rhode Island chapter of Surfrider Foundation are active in ocean and coastal management issues and can always use volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the community and to participate in valuable and fun experiential learning opportunities!