Sproul Plaza is the heart and soul of any social group on campus. With so many clubs on campus, it gets hard to remember which club is which. Thankfully, the generous clubs on campus created this awesome thing called “flyering.” Whether you wanted the information or not, you’ll always receive these handy little slips of paper when walking through Sproul. We at the Clog know how much students love and adore getting flyered and have come up with some effective tips and tricks to help you maximize the pile of flyers sitting at the bottom of your backpack.
Walking through Sproul Plaza realistically takes about five minutes, but how can you possibly grab the hundreds of flyers in mere minutes? Increase your time on Sproul by walking slowly and even taking smaller steps to increase how much time you spend on Sproul grounds. By doing this, clubs on both sides of Sproul can get a chance to hand you a flyer!
Walk through Sproul multiple times
Who says you can only walk through Sproul once? Doing laps up and down Sproul guarantees a few flyers in your hand. Honestly, people probably won’t remember your face and are dying to get rid of their stack, so you’ll definitely end up getting multiple flyers for the same club. Since clubs come and go throughout the day, you’ll even get to run into new clubs and new flyers to take!
Make eye contact
Nothing says, “Hey! Give me that flyer!” more than intense eye contact. Really though, making eye contact lets them know that you see them and that you won’t speed-walk off when they take a step in your general direction. Seriously, don’t even blink! Before you know it, you’ll be getting flyered left and right.
Flash a quick smile in a person’s direction to let them know that you’re friendly and approachable. Right when you step foot onto Sproul, it’s best to have the biggest smile on your face to give people the hint that you actually want to be flyered. Show your pearly whites as a way to invite them to invade your personal space and shove a flyer right into the palm of your hand.
Grab your fanciest clothes and strut through Sproul. Clubs and every other social group on campus love to nab the best of the best, so dressing professionally will have every club flyering at your feet. Let them know that you mean business. Literally, though — there are so many business and consulting clubs on campus.
Ask for a flyer
Why wait for someone to hand you a flyer when you can just ask for them yourself? This is by far the most effective way to ensure that you don’t leave Sproul empty-handed. It’s simple! Just go up to a person and ask if you can have one. If you want to get a little crazy, say you want to take one for a friend even if you don’t actually have friends to give them to.
Just walk through Sproul
It’s simple! Minding your own business and acting like you really don’t want to get flyered will set off a radar for all the clubs indicating that you, in fact, want to be flyered. Just walk through Sproul as if you have classes to go to or people to see and you will inevitably be stopped to be asked if you’ve ever thought about consulting or becoming part of the brotherhood. This has been effective for nearly every UC Berkeley student who has had the pleasure of walking through Sproul during daylight!
Being chosen to be flyered is one of the greatest honors you can have as a UC Berkeley student. Ultimately, it’s what we thrive for! By following these simple tips, you’ll be flyered in no time.