Annual Club Fair provides opportunities to join extracurricular groups
September 14, 2018
As hundreds of students walked onto the Great Lawn, they were bombarded with a menagerie of candy, music and colorful posters. Showcasing about 85 clubs, the annual Club Fair took place on Sept. 6 and 7 during lunch. Clubs ranged from Avatar Club to Model United Nations to a multitude of affinity groups. In this article, sophomore Rahul Rupani and freshman Ella West share their first experiences at Club Fair.
Affinity groups highlight different cultures at Club Fair
Affinity groups While exploring the myriad of booths, the high presence of affinity groups stood out to me. In order to help promote these various groups, Unity Council is instituting an affinity group of the month.
While looking at the South Asian Affinity Group’s booth, I was able to relate to all the different words and cultural traditions on display. As a South Asian, I was also particularly struck by SAAG’s effort to promote South Asian arts and customs.
This year, SAAG is planning an assembly in the hopes of raising awareness about the South Asian culture. Sophomore Shehryar Jafry, a SAAG leader, is looking forward to the club’s reinvigoration.
“Our club is about promoting South Asian culture, teaching others about our culture and allowing South Asians to talk about relevant issues,” Jafry said.
Not only am I proud of my own heritage, I also love learning about the cultures and ways of other people, which I am able to do in International Club. Sophomore Casey Propst, a leader of the club, highlighted their efforts to spread knowledge about different cultures.
“We play music and short animated films and learn about foreign cultures, as well as share the joy of socializing over good food,” Propst said.
Rahul is a senior, and this is his third year on Review.
Club fair provides welcome extracurricular break
Browsing the large selection of tables was a welcomed break from the stresses of a busy day. The clubs themselves offered exciting subjects that were not only fun but also provocative, such as the new women’s group on campus: Women’s Organization for Knowledgeable Engagement.
By far the most visually-impressive display belonged, appropriately, to Art Club. Colorful and eye-catching, it tempted even non-artists like me to join. Morgan Self, a senior and one of the leaders of the group, said that Art Club is trying to keep things new and interesting, and she is excited for what they have in store this year. It was exciting to learn that they are creating an online publication on a website separate from the School’s. They will also be having workshops this year. Perhaps I may have to acquiesce and give art a try!
Another club sure to provide fun is the Camp Games Club, led by seniors Jonah Pesikoff and Aidan Propst. During meetings, the club members will play popular childhood games like Mafia, Big Booty and other fun games you might remember from your camp days.
I think the clubs are a daily exemption from the trials and work of school and a chance for me to show another side of myself off the sports field and out of the classroom. The clubs give me a chance to chill down and meet people who share common interests.
Assistant Dean of Students Danielle Iseli summed up the purpose of such groups perfectly when she said, “Many clubs are really fun, a great destresser and a fabulous way to get to know new people.”
Ella is a senior in her fourth year on Review.