Join the club! From cheese lovers to robotics fans to career-focused professionals, ‘there’s something for everyone’ at Northeastern

People walk around outside at Fall Fest.
Students thronged Fall Fest on the Boston campus Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023, to learn about the over 400 student clubs and organizations at Northeastern. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

From robotics engineers to cheese enthusiasts, there’s a club for everybody at Northeastern. 

“It’s a social club, but you eat cheese,” explained second-year student Daniel Gordon of the Cheese Club.

“It’s so unserious, I love it,” student Maya Lampi, replied. “There’s something for everyone.”

Northeastern is home to more than 400 student clubs and organizations. These include athletic clubs, performing arts groups, cultural organizations, academic and professional societies, and student government. Clubs provide opportunities to meet new people, find a new hobby, develop leadership potential, network with professionals, and in general to be a part of something on campus. 

Many of these organizations had a presence at Fall Fest, which was held throughout the Boston campus on Tuesday afternoon. The event was organized by the Center for Student Involvement. 

Many clubs were professional-focused, offering students preparation, support and networking for their future careers.

“This is the opportunity to grow their consulting skills and experience,” said Luke Liu of the Global Research and Consulting Group. The club is Northeastern’s “leading pro-bono and nonprofit consulting club,” with past clients on the national, local and international stage such as the American Cancer Society, Action for Boston Community Development, and the Bangladesh Rural Development Board. 

“We want to build a community of leaders and successful Black entrepreneurs who want to learn from each other and connect with each other,” said Leila Charles, a second-year student with the Black Business Student Association. “The business community is not necessarily a dominant space for the Black community, so we provide a space for people to learn and grow and bond.”

And some clubs were local chapters of larger professional organizations, like Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology (WEST) — Northeastern University. The club is the first and only chapter of WEST, a Boston-based organization for professional women in the STEM fields.

Maram Bakr, a fourth-year student, described the club as “an advice club” for women interested in STEM. 

“I’ve loved being able to communicate what benefitted me and sharing that knowledge with others,” Bakr said. 

One of the most popular tables was for the Northeastern Robotics Club, which had its underwater robot on display. 

“The thing about Northeastern Robotics is it’s not meant to be scary or intimidating — you can come in with no experience in robotics,” said Jonah Jaffe, the club’s president. “There’s something for everyone.” 

Indeed, the club has more than 300 members, Jaffe said, and looks for people who are interested in learning about robotics (it offers an intro to robotics crash course) and growing their robotics skills.

“I hope everybody who comes in will be a better roboticist than me at the end,” Jaffe said. 

Other clubs are focused on performance.

“We’re focused on being inclusive to students of all experiences and opportunities in theater,” said Z Weber, a second-year member of the New Renaissance Theatre Company. 

The company produces a play per semester (this semester’s play is student-written) and provides equal opportunity for students in the performance and technical sides of theater, Weber said. It is also particularly focused on diversifying the theater community at Northeastern by producing plays with a focus on representation, especially for students of color and minority group members.

“What the theater community is about is being there for each other and supporting each other,” Weber said. 

Meanwhile, if you are looking for performance on the athletic field, there are opportunities in everything from figure skating to roller hockey to fencing at Northeastern.

If, perhaps, you’re more of an introvert, there’s a club for you, too. 

“We want to make reading fun again, especially for STEM students,” said Ananya Jain, president of the Science Book Club, which reads and discusses three books per semester that focus on science. “We have a lot of good discussions, and it can get pretty heated and lively, but it’s a lot of fun.”

Then, of course, there are clubs that are just about things people love — like cheese.

“Only Northeastern would have that,” said student Delaney McGee. 

Cyrus Moulton is a Northeastern Global News reporter. Email him at Follow him on Twitter @MoultonCyrus.