What we wish we’d known about: clubs


Becca Yi

Key Club is BC’s largest extracurricular, where students of every grade participate in service-orientated activities. This is just one of the many service clubs provided at BC.

If you can think of a club, BC’s got it. We have everything from Fishing Club to Key Club to Anime Club. No matter what your interests are, we can guarantee that you can find a club that will open you with welcome arms. Here are some things that we wish we knew freshman year regarding extracurriculars…

Why should you join a club?
Joining a club is one of those things in life where everybody says it’s “optional,” but they actually mean “highly recommended.” In our opinion, it’s absolutely something you should do.
Regardless of what club you join, it’s a great way to learn important life skills: managing your time, being social with new people, and getting comfortable with taking risks and making commitments. Plus, being active makes life and school way more bearable, which totally outweighs whatever extra workload might come with joining the club.
When it comes down to it, though, it’s completely up to you. Join a club for one reason, and one reason only: because you want to. Don’t give in to bandwagon-ism or parental pressure. The heart wants what it wants.

Get involved. Be active.
It’s easy to join a club and just show up without contributing anything aside from your attendance, but try and speak up and volunteer in your club right away. That way you will be able to establish yourself and make steps towards future leadership opportunities. Additionally, if you are more outgoing in clubs, you will make friends easily or at least make reliable acquaintances.
Experiment during your freshman year. This is the time when you’re not bombarded with homework and stress. Join all clubs that spark your passions or even remotely intrigue you or cause you to think what the heck is going on, and encourage your friends to do the same. If you later find that the club doesn’t match your interests, it’s okay to drop it your sophomore year. Through your high school career, you will narrow down your interests to a handful of clubs that you are passionate about.
Quality over quantity.
Though we 110% recommend to join clubs at BC, don’t join ten clubs “just to join,” and don’t be a ghost member who doesn’t show up to meetings. Now, we’ve all been guilty of doing this at some point in time, but it’s an easy fix: quality over quantity. Be committed to the clubs that matter most to you. We’ve noticed that people get the most satisfaction when they stick with clubs they’re passionate about, and true dedication to a couple of clubs can go a long way – it’s certainly better than half-hearted commitments to many clubs. It’s great to be really involved, but make sure that your contribution quality is not suffering because you’re participating in too many clubs.

In summary…
Honestly, get rid of the notion that certain clubs “aren’t cool.” Don’t be afraid to try some new things and step outside of your comfort zone: Be fearless and be bold. Know what you like to do, and pursue it. And remember, if you’re not satisfied with the existing selection of clubs, you and your friends can always create your own.