Liam Bischoff '15
With the start of a new school year comes an influx of new ideas, new programs, and new students (oh the freshman). However, as we settle into this new school year, we often forget to take advantage of the “newness” starting at the beginning of the year. As I strolled through the club fair, I found students signing themselves (and sometimes others) up for the traditional clubs that are featured on the announcements. However, something new caught my eye, a brand-new club founded this year--SI Smiles. The new club’s president, Sydney Soprepeña, was gracious enough to answer some basic questions for me.
Q: What is your club's mission or purpose? What do you hope to do, and what direction do you want the club to go?
A: SI Smiles's mission statement is to help people achieve their dreams by providing dental supplies and positive messages so that others can build self-esteem through their healthy smiles. At the end of November, we had our first big event. Our members collected and packaged toothbrushes, travel sized toothpaste, floss, sugarless gum, and positive messages. We then delivered them to St. Anthony's Church in Daly City where we helped with their Thanksgiving food drive. I hope that in the future, SI Smiles can not only provide dental kits to more organizations but find ways to help SI students smile as well.
Q: What inspired you to create this club?
A: Earlier this year, I felt that I had never really made an impact in my community. I had always said that I wanted to become more aware of the issues right in my backyard, but I never did anything about it. This year, I wanted to be a doer. Both my parents are dentists, and they told me that so many people do not understand the importance of dental health. I decided to take advantage of my resources so that I could help the people in my community who could not access the basic dental necessities. By helping them, they could also help me how to live the motto, AMDG.
Q: Moving forward what would you advise a person to do if they were on the fence about creating a club?
A: If you want to make a club, do not hesitate. The more people that get involved in our community, the better! Do not be afraid to put yourself out there because many people have started clubs before you, and they have all succeeded in one way or another. If you are truly passionate about your club, other people will recognize that, and they will be too!
So clubs are wonderful things. They are an outlook for some, a way to help people for others, and always a way to enjoy the company of your peers at SI. So go ahead get involved, see a new side of SI if you haven’t already--and do it with a Smile on your face.
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