!There’s an old proverb that asks, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” In high school, there can be a similar phenomenon. Some students can go all four years without being noticed or shaking things up. This begs a new question: “After four years in one place, if no one knows you, where you ever really there?”
The pressure to fit in and be popular can often cause some students to close off and shut down. If your name only brings up question marks and you’re ready to leave your legacy, it might be time to step out of your comfort zone.
Of course, in high school, fitting in and being popular matters a lot. Or does it? Can you put ‘most popular’ or ‘least bullied’ on your resume for your dream job? Does it have space on a college application or a place in an entrance interview? No. Probably not. But what will? If you’re ready to stand out and be noticed during and after high school there are plenty of ways to get started. Each idea will take some work, but the results could be far greater than a boost in Instagram followers.
The first way to step out of your status quo is to start a student club. Not only is this a great way to make new friends and find like-minded peers, its a great way to build confidence as a leader. While leading your own student club, you’ll soon find out there’s nothing more rewarding than working on something you’ve created.
Better yet? If it becomes successful, the club could last long after you graduate. Imagine coming back to your high school reunion in 15 years to see your club still going strong. It’s also a huge plus on a resume that shows initiative, creativity, leadership, and management skills. Even more? Club leadership will prepare you for what’s after high school through real-life skill experience. Navigating different personalities, conflicts, budgets, and goal setting are all invaluable skills you’ll gain from starting your own club.
The first step in starting your own club begins with identifying a gap. There may be something trending or something that another school is doing. Whatever it is, make sure that there’s a need for it and that it’s not already being done at your school. From there, you should feel the waters. This means you need to gauge student interest. Whether this is through a poll or student signatures, make sure you know you can count on at least 15 of your peers to join.
With enough student interest, approaching the principal or a teacher for school support will be a lot easier. It’s recommended that the first official meeting is a collaboration of minds to create a club proposal that can be presented to school leaders. Once they see the need for the club, as well as overall goals and an operating budget, approval will be much easier.
Knovva Academy offers a Model G20 student club that connects teens to real-world issues. Through the Model G20, students will have access to a pre-developed structure created by Ivy League educators. This means less work and more reward! What could be better? Check it out here!