Submitted By: Katherine Han
You walk into the activities fair at school and see booths all around you advertising all different kinds of clubs. Journalism, Tech club, Interact club, and many more other clubs. They all seem very interesting, and sound like a club you would want to join. You are just about to sign up for a club when you see the one requirement: High School only. I attend a school that goes all the way to high school, and in junior high, there aren’t many activities or clubs that you can participate in. The majority of the clubs only allow high school students to join. And for some clubs, this is a reasonable rule. For example, in Interact club, students go to different community service places and help out. Many community service locations that they go to have an age requirement of 14 and up. This ties into the requirement of high school students only since a majority of the junior high students are 13. But clubs like Tech club or Journalism don’t require an age limit so it almost seems unfair that junior high students aren’t allowed to join. Clubs are places where students get to do the things they love, learn to collaborate in a group, and build up a team. These are skills that students will need to apply their entire life, and not just in high school. In assemblies, high school students sometimes present what they have done or what they have experienced in these clubs. Their presentations always make that particular club sound appealing, but unfortunately, I have to wait until next year before I can join. More clubs should be offered in junior high because in clubs students learn beneficial skills that they will use their whole lives.