Through my high school years I went through anticipating college and all it had in store for me. I knew I would be making new friends, discovering what I wanted to do when I “grew up”, and looking forward to classes I actually wanted to take.
Because I was so busy (and narrow-mindedly) looking forward, I passed over participating in many activities during my freshman and sophomore years. Looking back, I can see that this probably wasn’t the best direction to choose. It’s definitely something I wish I could change about my overall high school experience, as I now know that being more involved would have furthered my education as a leader and an all-around successful student.
During my junior and senior years, I was very involved with several clubs and activities, including Marching Band, Symphony Band, Student Council, National Honor Society, German Club, Varsity Golf, Drama Club, and the morning announcements team. I could have begun with every single one of these groups or clubs early in my schooling career but chose not to, and it’s turned into my biggest regret. My high school years could have been so much more successful if I had chosen to be as involved as I could possibly be. You only go through high school once, and I feel as if I only stepped up to the plate for two of those years.
Don’t get me wrong, you don’t want to start off the transition into high school with a million things on your plate. It’s always nice to have something to do, though, when you’re bored or have the free time. Much as they might help with fighting boredom, clubs are also great places to find more social connections. They’re usually very welcoming to new people wishing to get involved because the people there know you’re interested in many of the same things they are.
Make sure you don’t talk yourself out of joining one of these clubs just because you didn’t start in them early, like I did. There is never a wrong time to join a group because there is never a wrong time to learn, even as upperclassmen. No matter when you jump in, there is so much you can do in your school and community, and that will help prepare you for college and your life ahead.
The many clubs I was in led me on a path to leadership and fun. I constantly had something going on to help benefit different groups or just help individuals around me. I’ve been to two leadership camps, one through Student Council and one for Central Michigan University. Without joining Student Council or National Honor Society, I would have had no interest in these two camps. Thankfully, I chose to get involved and enjoy two activities that turned out to be two of the greatest experiences of my life.
The leadership camp through Central taught me all about my future school and what it has to offer. I met a large group of people I will be able to build relationships with in the upcoming years. I also got to become comfortable with the campus and all of the surroundings. For my Student Council leadership camp, which I did during the summer of my junior year, I learned useful techniques for the upcoming school year, such as improvements with dances, assemblies, and bonding experiences for our high school. Both camps opened me up to many new ideas and a whole lot of new friends. Without my high school activities, I would not have been able to participate in either of these life-changing events.
Even if you believe clubs and other activities may not be your idea of fun, it is always nice to see what goes on throughout your schools/communities and find ways you can help. Joining many different groups helps your outlook on life, thus changing you into a well-rounded individual. You can gain experience you can’t even start to imagine at this point in your life that will help you through college and your life. There is never a wrong time to get involved, so make the right choice before it’s too late.