By Michael Angelo Tan
On Wednesday, September 11, the first Club Rush of the school year took place, which promotes clubs on campus for students to participate in. The purpose of the event is to allow students to explore, create, and attend a wide variety of clubs available within the school. With this year having over sixty clubs available, students of all grades are given the opportunity to join a club that appeals to one's interest. Each club that participated during Club Rush put out their own display that gives vital details such as their main goals, meeting dates, and contact information.
Club Rush not only provides new students with a way to connect with their peers, but also allows returning students to continue the tradition of their clubs. Most clubs meet during lunch on specific days, however, club presidents can host their meetings bi-weekly if they choose. Junior Shaye Phung, member of the Asian Pacific Culture club stated, “Our club meets every Wednesday during lunch in Mr. Chang’s room. We are hoping to expand the membership within the club, and collaborate with the other cultural clubs on campus. Furthermore, we plan to get involved in the community and take part in humanitarian services.” This is a great instance of the mission plans and activities that clubs on campus are proposing. Each club spends their time discussing different topics which gives a great opportunity for students to express themselves through their beliefs and values. Junior Max Bosworth, member of the Gender Sexuality Acceptance (GSA) club, stated, “There are two types of meetings; there’s one’s on Thursday, where we just discuss general LGBT related topics and debate on it, or on Friday’s, we hang out and talk. Sometimes we have movie nights outside of school and watch LGBT related films.” Each year, the GSA club continues to bring new activities and to help club members become closer as a group and encourages them to be open towards each other. Students of the club have the opportunity to learn how to be outspoken and optimistic, which can be valuable for students who struggle with insecurities relating to their sexuality.
Although the majority of clubs focus their goals on campus, Key Club helps give back to the community on and off campus. Junior Samantha Matro, one of the officers of the club, stated, “Key Club’s primary focus is to give students opportunities to serve in and out of the community, build character and leadership through service and communicating, and develop a relationship in helping and caring for various causes and people.” Like other clubs on campus, the club helps form a bond between students and helps learn various life skills that can be crucial in their future outside of high school. Matro continued, “We hold fundraisers for certain causes such as [the] Pediatric Trauma Program. The division, which includes different home clubs from different schools, promoted the fundraiser on Instagram and shared it with their friends and family, and twenty-five percent of the proceeds were donated to PTP.” Not only does Key Club earn community service hours through fundraising and serving, but it brings together all the members from different schools as one to help out the general public.
As one can see, Club Rush gives the student body a chance to collaborate with others that share the same interests as them. Each club allows students to get more involved, make connections with peers, gain knowledge, and create a space for everyone to enjoy. As each club continues to grow and develop throughout the year with their members, students who were unable to attend the first Club Rush can speak to a club member to join an ongoing club, or participate in the second Club Rush next semester.