Clubs are a vital part of high school. Whether you are looking to lengthen your college application, make some new friends, or find your passion clubs are a something that nearly all high school students participate in. As a freshman it can be easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the new environment. Sophomore year, after getting well acclimated, you focus on making a name for yourself. You begin to hang out with the upper classman while helping the ignorant freshman as you swear that you were never that stupid.
By junior year you know all the ins and outs of your clubs, and are ready to take on more responsibility. You’ve sat back for the last few years, and are finally ready to give back to the club that gave you so much and shaped your high school years. The only problem is you don’t know how.
Becoming a club officer is one of the most difficult yet most rewarding aspects of joining a club. Here are some tips to help you establish yourself in a club from freshman year and will definitely give you and upper hand when it comes time to vote for officers.
1. Commitment, Commitment, Commitment.
No matter what grade lever you’re in, the fastest way to get noticed in a club is though commitment and dedication. The more time you can spend helping out a club the better. Going to fundraisers, volunteering to help out at as many events as possible, and doing things like sticking around to clean up when it’s not mandatory is a great way to stand out amongst the herd of new members.
2. Get to know everyone.
It’s important to not only establish that you are a hard worker, but also that you are genuinely interested in community your club fosters. Most of the people in that club are there because they have a genuine interest in whatever the club is doing whether that be art, singing, helping the community, engineering, etc. Take your time to get to know all the new faces and the officers because they will be your lifeline when it comes to advancing in clubs. In addition when it comes time to vote for next year’s officers, people are much more likely to vote for you if they know you and trust you.
3. Ask Questions and Get Involved.
Even if it seems like you are being a little nosy, asking questions is a good way to show that you have genuine interest in the club. Offering up ideas for a fundraiser is another way to establish yourself, and show club members that you are committed and want to see the club succeed. Try to find out how the club operates this way when it comes time for you to step into a leadership position you already have an idea of what you will be responsible for handling.
I hope you guys enjoyed these tips, and remember that even if being an officer isn’t for you there are a plethora of other ways to give back to your club. Donating things for events, helping freshman, and providing good ideas are some things that any member of a club can do!