Get in the CLUB!!!

Mon, 11/11/2013

High school clubs have long been a part of high school culture, but at Brooks, the club aspect of the school’s culture was quickly diminishing from the eye of the student community. On Wednesday, September 11th, there was a club fair to give other students the opportunity to see what choices were out there for extracurricular activities. Various clubs were represented by tables set up in the gym with members from each club frantically sending their members with flyers and handouts to convince the students that wandered by their individually decorated tables that their club was the most excellent choice. The success of which would be a major accomplishment on their behalf. The slight inclination of a student to join that club would be signaled by a few stragglers from the crowd being attracted to their table, prompting more students to follow suit, therefore increasing the popularity of the table; in that essence their club has more member prospects. Though the energy was high, the willpower of potential  club members was low. It seemed as if the other students were more interested in the clubs themselves than actually joining those clubs. Among the clubs represented, there were various clubs such as the French, Spanish, and Asian Culture Clubs, XClusively Defined Fashion Club, Brooks Book Club, and God’s Ambassadors at School (G.A.S.).

Among the attendees, there were representatives from each club stationed at their own tables. Alexis Coffee, Vice President of Asian Culture Club, inquired “Why are there so many clubs represented, but so little people visiting each table? Seems kind of weird to me...” While there were some students at the club fair who didn’t seem impressed with the turnout, there were others who seemed content with the attendance.“Wow! There are so many people here! The clubs are going to get a lot more members!” exclaimed Mayra Herrera, one of the students who was walking around the fair.

Seeing as the turnout scarcely filled the gym, it is arguable whether either view is valid or not. One person could expect a lot of people to show up and be underwhelmed, while another could expect very few people to show up and was overwhelmed.  Regardless of the size of the venue for the club fair, the fact remains is that there were more people meandering around the building and outside of school than those actually attending the fair itself. Why was this? Well, there is one answer: Lack of enthusiasm to join any clubs on the students’ behalfs. After a few interviews of the club fair attendees, I soon discovered that there was a severe lack of energy . Walking the halls regularly, there were apparent posters for the event, a mass email was sent to acknowledge the fair, and there was even an announcement over the intercom about the club fair being that afternoon. With all of this hype around the fair, why didn’t it receive a massive turn-out? We return to my prior explanation; much of  the student body simply lacks the will to participate in clubs.

In Brooks, there is a clear preference for sports over clubs, but why is this? The answer is not apparent, and there is no clear evidence that this is not the case in most high schools. Unfortunately, the outlook for clubs is incredibly bleak if this is the case. Perhaps, if the school culture changes in the clubs’ favor, students will become more interested in joining their high school clubs, adding a more diverse and interesting aspect to their respective school’s culture. Brooks is heading in the right direction, but will it be enough to change the mind of the student body?