As with any other extracurricular activity, clubs in which students participate at school should be taken as seriously as any sport or volunteer activity. This is made difficult because of the insufficient amount of time students are allowed to meet with their clubs: only once a month for thirty minutes.
“[More time] would be beneficial, because there would be more student involvement and more ways to make friends,” said senior Natalie Molina, Vice President of Beta and a member of NHS. As an authority figure in one of her clubs, Natalie has noticed that some students don’t get as involved when they don’t meet with their clubs that often.
Another problem that has arisen is the conflicting club meeting times. This prevents students from being able to join multiple interest or honors clubs that they would enjoy being a part of.
“A lot of the clubs I’d want to be involved in clash with Beta and NHS,” said Molina. As a result, students miss out on club opportunities and may skip meetings to attend others that are scheduled for that time.
On the contrary, assistant principal Eddie Henderson, who is in charge of clubs, has expressed that not many students have come to him concerning time issues with clubs. For larger clubs such as Beta, NHS, or Legacy it’s extremely hard to fit everything they have to say into a thirty minute period. Meeting after school is difficult with so many things going on that students participate in, whether it be jobs, volunteer activities, or sports.
Some students or teachers might fear that more club time would results in less class time, as Henderson also reiterated. But there are certainly ways to get around this; such as working around a modified club schedule. Steinbrenner clubs would benefit from more student involvement, and this might help build upon the vision of our student body’s school spirit.
I, for one, have missed countless opportunities to join clubs I’m interested because they conflict with other clubs I’m a part of. I’ve also found it hard to get involved in some clubs that I only meet with once a month, because what can you really accomplish nine times a year? It’s more difficult for students to get to know their peers, (who obviously have things in common with them considering they’re a part of the same organization) and more difficult for them to try and learn about something they love to do, unless they participate in after school meetings that could mean taking up time which they need for something else.
It all comes down to priorities, and how set club presidents are on making their members feel welcome and involved. Students and teachers would benefit greatly from more time allotted for clubs and organizations, and though it may be hard to work with, administration should definitely consider this, and weigh the pros against the cons.
Nataly Capote/A&E Editor