By Jenesia McNeil
For most students, their first time being in a college setting is generally their first time living away from home. With all that freedom, you also begin to feel a sense of loneliness, leaving all your friends and family behind. Being a part of a club fills the void of feeling as though you do not belong.
Thankfully, Post provides a variety of clubs and organizations to be a part of to evoke a sense of belonging and family. These various clubs on campus cater to students with all interests. They allow groups of students with common interests to get together and discuss or even act on common concerns. It also invites students who are unaware of different cultures to learn more about other ideas and customs. Post does a great job of accommodating students and keeping them intrigued.
“Clubs are diverse on campus and there is a great variety to choose from,” Juanita Ramirez, a senior Psychology major and a member of Student Caribbean Association (SCA), said. There are clubs for dormers or commuters, dancers and athletes, and for those who want to learn about different cultures—the list goes on. The best part about these clubs is that you can have no experience in them and can still partake.
“There’s always something to do!” Moca Johnson, a sophomore Business Management major and Student Dance Association (SDA) member, said. If you are bored on campus, that is your own fault. Clubs keep you busy with programs and events held on campus. These meetings, programs, and events are generally held during the week: during common hour or after school.
Though Post provides students with a number of options to choose from, many students are still dissatisfied. “Certain clubs host events and programs that only residents can get to, leaving out commuters,” Amadu Barrie, a junior Computer Science major and member of SDA, The Runway, Twice as Nice, Do Something, Delta X and P.A.G.E.S., said. “The problem is not the lack of variety of clubs on campus, it is the lack of involvement from the student body.” Barrie continued, “The way to fix this problem is to get involved more as a school community.”
Jessy Pierre, a junior Psychology major and a member of Twice as Nice, SDA, The Runway, Do Something, and Black Students United (BSU) said, “Clubs on campus are more resident-based, having programs at inconvenient times and locations. This results in low attendance. The Student Government Association (SGA) should start surveying students on the clubs they would like to see on campus.”
I agree with my peers, that the problem is not a lack of variety of clubs on campus; it is the lack of interest from the student body to get involved. There should be more promotion and advertising of the clubs on campus. More importantly, the members of these clubs should attract other students with fun and exciting events and programs they can attend. For a better response from the school community, clubs should host more events during common hour, when practically the entire student body is here. The clubs can definitely count on better turnout and students will be exposed to the variety of clubs on campus.