For many students, school is a treasure trove of opportunities to be explored, friendships to be established and hobbies to be satisfied. What better way to accomplish this than through participating in school clubs?
The school’s annual Club Day, however, was held on Wednesday, September 16, a date far too late for such an important event. If possible, the school should designate a date earlier in the year to hold Club Day. Because the administration put it off until five weeks after the start of school this year, the sense of importance regarding clubs, which are essential to a complete high school experience, was drastically diminished.
“I’m a little disappointed that it is so late in the year,” said freshman Kevin Coelho, who planned on joining Jazz Club. “It should have been held earlier.”
Knowing which clubs they want to participate in helps students plan their schedules accordingly, making a late Club Day especially inconvenient. By the time Club Day took place, most students were already be accustomed to their daily lunch routines.
In addition, many students will join clubs but may drop out after the first few meetings without having an accurate perception of what the club is really like. This can be prevented by holding Club Day straight away so clubs can more deeply and immediately impact students.
Such a delay not only decreased club participation but also reduced the general sizes of clubs on campus.
“There would definitely have been more kids in Latin Club if they knew about it at Club Day,” Latin Club advisor Krista Greksouk said.
In the future, the school should hold Club Day at least a week sooner than it is currently being held, if possible. This will allow new students sufficient time to adapt to the school while simultaneously ensuring that there will be enough leniency in their schedules for the addition of clubs. Otherwise, diverse student interests will fail to be represented and potential social and educational opportunities will undoubtedly be missed.