Students have said it again and again: “You can be whoever you want to be at the University of Arizona.” And even if you think you have a clear idea of what you want your future to be, new interests and a welcoming and encouraging environment – and, honestly, four years of growth and maturity – might change your perspective.
So, be open to things that sound fun and intriguing – you might discover a passion or talent you never knew about. Here’s a sampling of 13 of our most unique clubs and organizations that you might not have otherwise considered.
Whether your car’s brand new or older than your grandparents, you’re welcome at Car Cats. The group encourages any and all skill levels to hang out, work on cars, talk about anything automotive, and learn something new.
Coaster Cats is for Wildcats who want to put on a show. This group is for students who are passionate about themed entertainment, including theme parks, live shows, roller coasters, and much more. Meetings typically include Q&As with industry professionals (including some from Walt Disney Imagineering and Universal Creative).
If you don’t join, just enjoy the laughs brought by this improv comedy group, which has been entertaining Wildcats since 1979. Trade Saturday Night Live for Wednesday afternoon live at weekly shows that bring out the creativity – what else would you expect from the university that Kristen Wiig attended?
Put on your favorite mouse ears (perhaps you have multiple?) and hang out with the Disney-dedicated. This group has hundreds of members and brings the “Happiest Place on Earth” to the University of Arizona.
Flying Samaritans provides free medical and dental services and public health education to the medically underserved community of Agua Prieta, Mexico. Gain experience – and a lot of good karma – as a healthcare provider.
Become a Disney princess while bringing joy to underserved children by dressing up as a princess, superhero, or other admirable character. This group provides magical and memorable experiences.
Showcase Mexican culture through folklórico dance, music, history, language, and Mexican traditions. Miztontli also provides members with leadership skills, public presentation and speaking skills, cultural awareness and understanding, discipline, and teamwork.
Think your Spotify playlist should be share with the world? Check out K7UAZ Amateur Radio, which promotes interest in amateur (ham) radio and provides amateur radio equipment and activities to students.
The magnificence of mushrooms – oh, are you not familiar? Learn from the MycoCats Club, which seeks to engage students in mushroom cultivation and mycology, providing opportunities to gain hands-on experience through mushroom cultivation and foraging.
Channel your inner Priyanka Chopra or Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti, which promotes cultural interest in the Bollywood culture in the form of Indian Fusion dance by representing the University of Arizona in nationwide dance competitions.
A mixture of performance and studying, the Purple Bamboo Ensemble is a mixed student and community group that sings and plays traditional Chinese instruments in the silk and bamboo tradition.
Tucson is surrounded by five incredible mountain ranges, and part of the 800-mile Arizona Trail (which stretches from the state’s southern border with Mexico to the northern border with Utah) runs through Mount Lemmon. Take advantage with the Ramblers Hiking Club, which hosts hikes for all experience levels.
Similar to Flying Samaritans, but focused on the local population, Street Medicine Tucson provides basic medical care and health education to individuals experiencing homelessness in Tucson while simultaneously providing undergraduate students with hands-on experience.