Let’s Go Clubbing
David Bustillos ’14
As a senior this year, I am a Big Cat. I received a sheet for my Little Cats listing all of the clubs allegedly offered at SI. With all of these options let’s go “clubbing.”
Like the clubbing of the older generations, students will follow their friends and flock to the popular clubs. Inevitably, there will be massive signups and little follow through. For example, last year a group of students started Project Impact and over 200 students signed up for the mailing list. I signed up due to a friend’s cajoling. Sure enough a few weeks later only ten students regularly showed up to weekly meetings. Admittedly, I am not amongst those ten students and choose to spend my time participating in other activities.
During their free time SI students have the opportunity to get involved in a multitude of activities. According to the SI website, “All freshmen are required to engage in at least one extracurricular activity, and many develop lifelong interests and skills thanks to their start at SI.” In addition to athletics and performing arts, there are 97 different clubs that a student can join. This overwhelming number appears to give students many options, but realistically about a third of the clubs are active. It is not humanly possible to participate in every club. Club junkies try but only succeed in creating a cluttered inbox and irate club presidents.
Clubs strengthen the SI community and expose students to new activities. The select group of clubs that function well have students that consistently participation. Clubs consist of four categories: affinity, academic, hobbies, service. Affinity clubs like ASC, AAAS, and ALAS celebrate the different cultures present at SI. Ryan Szeto ’14 says, “The three affinity clubs at SI [ASC, AAAS, & ALAS] give students of various backgrounds the chance to find a sense of community in a diverse learning environment, while at the same time educating others within the community about their respective cultures. They are most definitely an essential part to student life here at Saint Ignatius.” Other clubs like CSF center around academics and I strongly recommend joining if possible. Occasionally a group of students find a common hobby and start a club, but these often come and go as students graduate. Similarly, a multitude of service clubs has sprung up over the years. Andrea Vlahos ’14, one of the creators of Project Impact, states, “We wanted to create a club that not only gave back to our local community, but also brought attention to problems internationally. [Projects include] clean water, the orphanage in Mexico, and our local foster care system, all of which couldn't be done without establishing a new club where we would have the freedom to focus on our organizations.” Student initiative provides the force for successful clubs.
When clubs lose popularity, they die out. Remember the Kony 2012 movement? It’s ancient history by today’s standards. Clubs simply need people. Of the thirty or more functioning clubs, students should spend their time wisely participating in an activity they are passionate about. Be careful before clubbing at SI.
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