Singing, gaming and everything in between: Student organizations lead to lifelong connections – The Ohio State University News

Singing, gaming and everything in between: Student organizations lead to lifelong connections

It’s not unusual for Ruba Elzein and JoJo Otseidu to break into song. They are members of the Ohio State of Mind, a co-ed a cappella group at The Ohio State University. It is unusual to serenade the University Board of Trustees and Ohio State’s top leadership – but sing they did.

“I think it was a really cool experience. I think being a part of the board of trustees meeting isn’t an opportunity that a lot of students get to have,” said Ruba Elzein, a fourth-year zoology major and the current president of the Ohio State of Mind. “I’m really glad that being a part of the group has allowed me to view how that process works a little bit and also allowed us to showcase what we do at Ohio State.”

The performance was part of a showcase of student organizations at the trustees’ November meeting. Student success was one of the themes the trustees focused on this month.

There are more than 1,300 student groups at Ohio State to help students make connections and achieve greater success through those connections.

“[Ohio State of Mind] is all about being able to come together as a smaller community of Ohio State and share our passion for music in a way that not a lot of students get to have during their class schedule,” Elzein said. “We’re entirely student run, so we make all of our own music and arrange all of our own stuff.”

Senior Vice President for Student Life Javaune Adams-Gaston, whose office oversees student organizations, said these groups are a serious undertaking.

“It’s a pretty developed opportunity for them. They have to have a constitution, they have to have a faculty or staff mentor/adviser and

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