By Jess Feldman
There are over 800 clubs at the University of Maryland, all of which focus on a variety of subjects ranging from sports, creative arts and even something as simple as a want for good vibes.
President Lindi Harron, a senior economics major, founded the Good Vibe Tribe in 2015 of her sophomore year with no expectations; just a desire to feel relaxed.
“At the first look fair my freshman year, I couldn’t really find anything that you could go to that didn’t add significant stress to your life, just with all of the commitments and everything,” Harron said. “I also noticed that everyone was just like extremely stressed out around me, but also at the same time people say that college is supposed to be one of the best times of your life, yet it’s also one of the most stressful. And I felt like it didn’t have to be like that.”
The Good Vibe Tribe strives to promote positivity and raise the average student’s level of happiness by spreading good vibes throughout UMD, according to its website.
Now in its second year at the University, the Good Vibe Tribe has about 350 members who all strive to maintain a deeper connection with the inner self. Harron, with the help of the executive board, plans events such as walks to Lake Artemesia in Berwyn Heights, musical jam sessions outdoors and even meditation retreats.
Harron hosts weekly meetings every Wednesday at 5 p.m., but members are not required to attend. The atmosphere is calm and unorganized in order to maintain a relaxed environment.
“The main thing that I stress the most with this club is just that it’s a non-commitment type of club,” Harron said. “You should only be coming if you want to, if it fits in your schedule and if it’s going to bring joy to your life.”
Treasurer Alex Yu, a junior computer science major, is a founding member of the organization and attends almost every meeting, mostly for the meditations that are performed each time.
“Group meditations are a nice way to space out and forget your stresses of every day life,” Yu said. “The atmosphere is so nice, I can always expect positivity when I walk through these doors.”
One of Harron’s goals for each member is to adopt mindfulness. She encourages herself and others to look at all outcomes of certain situations, acknowledging the possibility of both positive and negative outcomes.
“I think it’s really important to put things in perspective because I don’t know, people aren’t going to really change if you just tell them stuff – they change by being inspired by you,” Harron said with a smile. “It’s kind of a work on yourself idea, and then through that it will domino into the community.”