K-pop club celebrates music, connects students

Members of the K-pop club meet from 8-9 p.m. every Tuesday in the Wyatt Room at the Steen Library. Members listen to K-pop music and play games.

The K-pop Club celebrates the Korean pop music genre and makes its home among over 250 clubs on campus.

The K-Pop Club was established during the Spring 2017 semester and allows its members to get together and appreciate this musical genre with other people who also enjoy it.

“K-pop Club is a place where K-pop lovers and music lovers can come together and listen to songs by their favorite groups, play games and participate in other activities all while making friends with people that share their same interests,” said Lauren Hoots, a business major from Frisco and president of the K-pop club. “It’s a place where you’re free to be yourself without any judgement.”

Hoots is one of the founding members of the club, alongside Rebecca Correa, a senior history major from Edinburg and treasurer of the club. Both Hoots and Correa created the club not only for their friends but also for any SFA student who shared their interests.

“Whenever I tell people I listen to K-pop, I get very mixed responses—some positive, but more than often negative,” Hoots said. “I wanted there to be a club where my friends and I could talk freely with others about what we love, but I also wanted to create an environment where anybody could feel welcomed and supported, no matter what kind of music they listened to.”

Members of the club recommend songs as well as participate in non-K-pop activities in order to build relationships.

“We usually listen to music requests that the club members have made prior to the meeting via our Facebook group,” said Tommye Wrinkle, a junior early childhood education major from Joshua and vice president of the club.“We do play games, like the whisper challenge and random dance play, during some meetings to help encourage people to interact with one another. And we have small parties for the holidays that happen during the semester and for the end of the semester. We like to have some variety to our meetings so that our club members have something new to look forward to each week.”

Wrinkle’s reasoning for joining the club had little to do with K-pop and more to do with friendship.

“I joined the K-Pop Club to make new friends and push myself to be more socially active,” Wrinkle said. “Before I joined, I had only been into K-Pop for a few months, but everyone was so nice and inviting that I kept coming back.”

According to Hoots, the club is open to anyone who is interested or wants to learn more about K-pop. Meetings are held every Tuesday from 8-9 p.m. in the Wyatt Room at the Ralph W. Steen Library.

“If somebody were to ask me why they should join K-pop Club, I’d tell them they should because it’d be a new experience,” Hoots said. “I’m a firm believer in giving new things a try, even if it’s just once, and K-pop is one of those things that I think everyone should listen to at least one time. K-pop Club is the best place to listen to it as well, because if you don’t know where to start or what groups to listen to, I know for a fact our members would be happy to make a few recommendations or you.”

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