High school students across the nation are participating in school clubs, getting involved at school and in their community. Participation in clubs fosters a learning community in which students can explore the multitude of subjects and encourage new interests.
By taking part in clubs, students have the opportunity to specialize on a certain subject while meeting other people who share the same interests and goals. “Clubs are a platform where you can meet new students who are motivated just like you,” says Irvine High senior Adarsh Garg. “It is a great way for students take part in something they are determined to do.”
Clubs also offer a great environment for all, as it breaks barriers between students, free from discrimination. Because it is an extracurricular activity rather than an academic class, it relieves pressure from a standard, thus allowing students to participate freely. Leadership opportunities such as president and secretary positions opened to students also promote the development of leadership skills like public speaking.
In addition, club activities provide a new lens to an area of interest. “Students can have fun learning things that aren’t taught in the classroom,” says Irvine High engineering teacher and Cubesat mentor. “People may get caught in academics, and students get to know that it isn’t the only thing out there.”
With the pressure on students to do well academically, taking part in an extracurricular activity helps relieve stress and an outlet to express interest in an area of study. Irvine High offers over fifty clubs for students to take part in with a variety of goals. For example, the district wide Koncert for Kause club performs music at many venues, and the Irvine Green Project gives back to the community through environmental work.
Through the many clubs offered at high schools, students can get involved around their community and school, networking with other people who share similar goals and taking part in learning opportunities. Extracurriculars such as these could encourage people to find and kindle their areas of interest.