By Jay Lee ’24
On weekdays, every student gets over an hour of free time between dinner and study hall. Students can either play sports with their friends at our athletic spaces, start homework for the next day, or take a nap in their rooms. But, there are some other ways for students to have enjoyable time with their friends, while also pursuing their co-curricular interests – student organizations! They can join one of the amazing clubs on campus!
There is a great number of student-led clubs with diverse topics at The Frederick Gunn School. There are currently seven affinity groups based around identities and ethnicities: Abigail’s Circle, ASA (Asian Student Alliance), BALU (Black and Latinx Union), Crossroads (Gunn’s Bible Study group), GSA (Gender & Sexuality Alliance), Gunn Global, and Judaic Society. There are also other clubs based on different interests of subjects, such as Gunn Gives Back, DECA, Youth Commons, Baking Club, Chess Club, Highlander Business Club, Engineering Club, Hearts for Actions, and GGS (Gunn for Gun Safety).
Student clubs play a significant role in our community. They not only provide avenues for intriguing intellectual pursuits outside the classroom, but also a space for creating close friendships. It is one of the best ways to make friends when one can share their ideas and work together with people who have similar interests. Clubs also offer students opportunities to apply their academic skills in a real-world context through club activities, providing a connecting channel for reinforcing the lessons learned in the class. For club leaders, it is a great path to stand up and develop their leadership skills within an organization. Anyone can be a leader if they’re interested in the topic.
The Frederick Gunn School is not just providing students with classes and sports, but also providing diverse club opportunities after school. If a student has an idea for a new club, they are encouraged to draw up a proposal and email Mr. Gorman and Mr. Drew. Good luck!!