Established vs. new clubs

July 30, 2006 at 11:14 pm Leave a comment

Posted by Dee

When you’re considering joining a club at school, there are two ways to go: either you join an established club, or you start a new one.

These days, colleges want to see leadership. That’s a huge buzz word in admissions nowadays, so either you’ve got to work your way up to being an officer in an established club, or just start your own club and make yourself the president of it.

There are obvious perks to creating your own club:
1. You are at the top of it — make yourself the president of the club.
2. Get your friends to join — you can offer them officer positions too. You can definitely create as many VP roles as you’d like.
3. At most schools, a club just needs to meet every so often, so get together during lunch once a week and talk about stuff that’s pertinent to the club topic.
4. Put together 1-2 events each school year regarding the topic of your club — this will give you just enough content to talk about in your app and interviews.

The drawback: it can be difficult to explain on the app and to interviewers what the club’s purpose is.

At the same time, there are obvious perks to joining established clubs too:
1. Name recognition — FBLA, JSA, Quills & Scrolls, DECA, SciOly, Robotics, GSA, YCS, BSU, etc.
2. Events, competitions, and activities are already planned out — minimizes the need for you to be creative about making activities and events.

The only problem with established organizations is that you’re going to need to work your way up for it to mean anything to the adcom. Keep that in mind.

When I was in high school, I tried out both routes, and I think the best route is actually a combination. Besides joining an established club (which I never ended up actually writing on any of my apps, so it was essentially a waste of time) and creating a new club (which ended up being difficult to explain to interviewers), I founded a chapter of an established club. This proved to be the best combination because I got the name recognition combined with the advantage of being able to say I started it.


Entry filed under: Black Student Union, DECA, Extracurricular activities, FBLA, Future Business Leaders of America, Gay-Straight Alliance, Leadership, President, Quills & Scrolls, Robotics, School clubs, Science Olympiad, SciOly, Youth Community Service.

SAT problem #1 Well-rounded is out

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