What Clubs to Join

saberists boutingWhile you are in high school, it is a good idea to look at different clubs to join!  This is a great way to meet new peeps and friends!  Plus, having opportunities for leadership and involvement with clubs is a really impressive addition to any college resume.  If you’re not sure what club you want to join, here are a couple of tips to help you find the right club for you:

  1. Look at the time and money required: Although some clubs are a lot of fun, they can also become a huge time commitment.  Before joining a club, take a look at how much time you will need to dedicate to club meetings and events.  Another thing to think about is money.  Even though a lot of clubs are free, other clubs require you to spend money or pay a fee to participate.  If you don’t have enough time to make a solid commitment to the group, or if you can’t afford to pay the fee, it might be better to put off joining this club until later.
  2. Look for leadership: If you are interested in joining a club to strengthen your college application, look for clubs where you can also be a leader.  This doesn’t mean that you have to join the club and kick out the current president, but look for ways that you can contribute to the club.  Then, with time and participation, you will be able to grow in leadership and responsibilities within your club organization!  Another great idea is to see if your school has a BETA club, a national club that is designed for students to develop leadership skills and perform service.  Another club that offers leadership is the National Honors Society – this club is organized throughout the country, and there is probably one that is located at your school.
  3. What interests you? Clubs are a great way to get to meet friends that are interested in the same things as you.  There are lots of different clubs you can join – many clubs could be offered through your school, or you can join clubs in your community.  Your school advisor or counselor probably has a list of all of the school clubs, and they might have some ideas about which clubs might fit your interests.

Another great idea is to join a club that will help you develop or strengthen talents.  If you’re not the best reader, maybe you’d like to join a teen book club to become a better reader.  Or, if you don’t like to exercise, you could join (or even start!) an exercise club.  If you want to join a club in order to improve some kind of skill, it’s usually a good idea to join one of these clubs with a friend.  Then, if you’re not motivated to go exercise, your club buddies can keep you going!

Here is a list of clubs that often exist in high schools or in local communities:

  • American Sign Language club
  • Art club
  • BETA club (service and leadership club)
  • Book club
  • Bowling club
  • Chess club
  • Craft Club
  • Creative Writing club
  • Current Events Club
  • Dance club
  • Debate club
  • DECA (business marketing club)
  • Drama club
  • Ecology club
  • Earth Science club
  • FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
  • Fencing club
  • Figure Skating club
  • Foreign language club (French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish, Chinese)
  • Journalism Club
  • Math club
  • Model United Nations (international affairs club)
  • Music club (Band, Choir, Orchestra, Musical Theater)
  • National Honors Society
  • Outdoor club
  • Photo club
  • Quilting club
  • School Newspaper Club
  • Science club
  • Spelling Club
  • Sports club (Football, Soccer, Tennis, Track, Swimming)
  • Stage Crew Club
  • Student Council