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I joined the Drexel Fencing Club simply because of sheer curiosity and wanting to try my hand at a new and different sport. Little did I know that it would make my freshman year experience exponentially better.

 

The Drexel Fencing Club (DFC) is the recreational club at Drexel for experienced and inexperienced people looking to learn this fascinating sport. I first found out about this club in the involvement fair and it immediately stood out from the other clubs from the start. Most of the clubs showcased their achievements in previous competitions and how popular their club was. The one perk that the fencing club subtly showcased was that the entire club was family-like. I signed up for the club solely based on the familiar feeling of comfort around the people at the table and it was the best decision I made my entire freshman year.

 

I joined the Drexel Fencing Club simply because of sheer curiosity and wanting to try my hand at a new and different sport. Little did I know that it would make my freshman year experience exponentially better.

 

The first practice I showed up at, that subliminal feeling was profoundly expressed by the people who showed up at practice that day. The DFC was a relatively small club with about 7 to 13 active members. Upon walking in, it was quite clear that the people at the club were much better and far more experienced than I was. It was quite intimidating initially, but as soon as the coach walked in, the atmosphere changed. It almost felt like the already present members were disciples and their Sensei just walked in. There were about six of us who were new to the club and, luckily enough, we were all from the same dorm and were part of the same living community. So, I knew each and every one of the “newbies” (as we were called) pretty well. I was unsure of how things would turn out to be for me at the club, but one thing I was sure of —that I wouldn’t regret joining this club and that this could turn out to be a great decision! The coach addressed us newbies as a group and then got to know each one of us individually by asking us about our past experiences in sports. From day one, those who initially intimidated me turned out to be some of the best people I know on campus; they are friendly and have a lot of experience in a lot of different fields of life. After being in the club for an entire academic year, I’ve learnt a lot — not just fencing skills, but also a lot about how to make the most of the Drexel Experience and the opportunities that lie in front of us.

 

The DFC has become a family for me where I don’t have to think twice about the integrity of the people that are a part of it. A majority of my freshman experience was made infinitely better because of the DFC. I don’t have to think twice about giving the club my all because we are a family and we always look out for each other.

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