Wandering through a maze of tables, frantically scanning QR code after QR code, discovering clubs you didn’t even know existed. As students, we’re all familiar with the hectic excitement that is Club Rush. But what is it like to experience the madness from behind a table, trying desperately to convince a seemingly apathetic student body […]
Wandering through a maze of tables, frantically scanning QR code after QR code, discovering clubs you didn’t even know existed. As students, we’re all familiar with the hectic excitement that is Club Rush. But what is it like to experience the madness from behind a table, trying desperately to convince a seemingly apathetic student body that your club is the one for them?
While he thinks that Club Rush can be an effective means for clubs to recruit new members, Alex Liu (‘25) (leader of Quiz Bowl, which meets Thursdays after school in Room 104!) explains that “there’s still a few kinks that need to be worked out.”
Of course, it’s not all bad, as Dylan Soltani (‘25) (leader of Chess Club, which meets Wednesdays after school in Room 508) describes the benefits of starting a club. “I get to meet a lot of new people… especially with Chess, you actually get to have conversations — it’s built like that.”
But having been a club leader throughout my time at CB, I can personally attest to the stress and confusion that come in the lead-up to Club Rush, as officers struggle to finalize posters, locate their tables, and parse what Weather Cretu (‘25) (leader of Wizards of the Coast, which meets every first and third Friday at all-school lunch!) laments as “the [REDACTED] QR codes.”
Whether it’s academic clubs like Quiz Bowl or recreational ones like Chess Club or Wizards of the coast, clubs provide a venue for students to find like-minded people, whether that be through an academic organization, an affinity club, or a club dedicated to a miscellaneous interest or hobby. So take advantage, join clubs, and find your people. Without members from the general student body, it’s harder for clubs to serve their purpose, whatever that purpose may be.
And if you missed out on Club Rush, it’s not too late — most clubs have consistent meeting times and places, and are happy to have newcomers. And if you’re not sure about a club’s meeting time or location, club officers and moderators are happy to point you in the right direction or add you to the club’s Schoology group or you can refer to the Club Corners put out by the LSLO each week on the School Bulletin.
So get involved! Clubs want to help the CB community thrive, and they can’t do that without you. Not to mention, active involvement in student organizations (especially groups like DISC, where you can work towards improving our community) is a great way to demonstrate a well-rounded perspective to colleges and prospective employers. They provide opportunities to enrich your student experience. So join for yourself, not just for your resumé.