Part of the “college experience” is joining and participating in college clubs and organizations as it’s also important to students’ social and mental health.
At the University of Wisconsin-Superior, there are a multitude of extra student activities to take part in one being Chi Alpha.
Chi Alpha is a Christian group that has locations at many college campuses across the nation. The group holds both large and small group meetings for students to connect with others of the same beliefs, as well as those who just want to learn more about the religion itself.
Their mission on their website is to use religious teachings to prepare students to “transform the university, the marketplace, and the world.” UWS member Bailee Ross, says “What drew me in was that it was a place to make friends… I only knew one person on campus, and they invited me to go and I said, ‘why not?’”
At the small group meeting, there are two leaders who direct the conversation among members in attendance.
The leaders facilitate an in-depth discussion about the Bible, and members are encouraged to add their own interpretations and questions.
The idea is that it is a safe space for individuals to share their ideas and questions in order to grow both as people and in their spiritual beliefs.
The women’s small group leader Taylor Stanaway says, “Its important because you’re able to connect with others”.
The Chi Alpha small group meets Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Yellowjacket Union.