Is Activities Shop-Around Effective?
by Christina Lin on Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Activities Shop-around is a must-have event at the beginning of the school year. It usually takes place before clubs start their official meetings, making the event a great way for clubs to acquire many new signups.
For freshmen and new students, Shop-around is a chance to scout out the variety of clubs available on campus, clubs that cover many different interests and topics. There are also different teams that students can participate in, including step team, dance team, and the debate team. All of these options can be overwhelming for freshmen to discover all on their own, so Shop-around at least gives them an opportunity to see almost everything in one place and to talk to the heads and co-heads to get more information.
For returning students, specifically juniors and seniors, Shop-around is still effective. Although these returning students are not new to many of the clubs, there are always clubs that have gone unnoticed or brand new clubs. Therefore, juniors and seniors still have a chance to further explore the extracurricular activities available at Milton.
Without a doubt, there are downsides to the Shop-around event. First of all, it can become a shouting match. It is quite intimidating for freshmen, and it is still quite intimidating for me. Also, since Shop-around occurs during lunch periods, many students just sign on to clubs for the sake of stopping people from shouting in order to just to get to Forbes and eat. Often students sign up in a hurry, under peer pressure, and as a result, many often don’t remember what clubs they signed up for.
Furthermore, not all of the clubs are present during the Shop-around. Although it is not really realistic to have all the clubs because there are so many, the exclusion of some who do not have the time to sit behind a table makes Shop-around an inadequate picture of what Milton has to offer.
Though Shop-around is flawed, there doesn’t seem to be a more effective way to help students become aware of activities on campus. Although walking to Forbes during Shop-around can be very intimidating, the location gives the most exposure and allows the most people possible to attend. Although students may not remember what they signed up for, many sign-ups lead to follow-up e-mails. Since sign-ups are not binding, there is no harm in students putting their name out there to explore. Follow-up e-mails remind students about the clubs and allows them to make a further decision about whether they would like to become involved.
The shouting matches during the Shop-around ultimately display how enthusiastic students are about their passions. Walking down the path, one can feel the sense of community and excitement that fills the air every new school year. It seems the activities Shop-around is actually a quite efficient and effective way to get students involved in extracurricular activities.
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