Harding loves clubs. It is something that will forever be a staple to the way things work around here, and they are not leaving anytime soon. They offer so much to campus, and as cliché as it sounds, they can help you make friends and connect with people you might not have ever met without them. While I do think you can thrive at Harding without them, they can be something that can greatly enhance your experience while you are here.
During freshman year, everyone is so excited to get into clubs, and when they do get in, they cannot stop talking about it or hide the pride they have for their club; that is something that I wish never dies. I do not think that every conversation you ever have is based around clubs, but it is completely OK to want to talk about them.
For some reason, as some people get older, they can get this attitude that they are above clubs or too cool to still be in love with their club. These are the same people that still come to every event their club has to offer, hold offices in their club and a lot of times are even a queen or beau for another club. I think it’s garbage. You joined clubs in the first place because you wanted to be in them. It’s time to stop pretending that you do not care anymore because deep down, we know you really do. The facade is tiring.
I know there are exceptions. Some people truly do get older, realizing that clubs are not everything and that they might not have a heart for their club like they used to, which is OK. Everyone is different in the way they feel. I’m not saying that everyone has to be 100% for the whole four years of being at college. Just keep in mind that so many people wanted to get accepted into a club, and you took the spot they wanted. Do your best to not take it for granted.
You are not too cool for your club, so go out and have club pride. I think that you will see a difference in the way you experience Harding and its social life. Be glad that people saw enough in you to let you share the club they loved with them. I promise, you will enjoy Harding, and the clubs you are in just a little more. And to the new members, welcome to something that is so great. Make the most of your time; you’ll never get it back.