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Club Rush can be overwhelming and intense when students are presented many options for clubs to become involved in.

This year, club rush is on October 5 in the Upper Quad.

Nicole Haghani is this year’s Club Commissioner. Her job is read through the clubs, help approve them, collect club minutes, plan club rush and help with multicultural week.

“I would get advertisements, and just ways to get your club’s name out there, especially Freshmen, and also you want people committed. You want to try and make sure that the people your having and are in the club throughout the year, not just the first month of school.” Haghani said.

Meanwhile, Haghani said that students should prepare because  “There are a lot of new clubs this year would make sure you keep your eye out and not just go to one table, but go to multiple. And see where you feel best because getting involved in a club is very important and there are so many clubs there is one for everyone so just do as many as you want and stay committed.”

I think that as a school we want kids to be able to find their niche at San Juan Hills, whether that Athletics, Performing Arts, Newspaper, ASB, Yearbook. So that they feel they have a place here at San Juan and I think that one our best ways to do that is through clubs whether they join a club or start one. I think its a huge avenue for kids to try and find their place at San Juan Hills,”

— Brooke Valderamma

If you think of a club that you want to start, then “there’s one(an application period) for Spring Semester and next year, so keep that idea in mind, you can start filling out the application now or start writing your constitution,” and the application “stays the same and is the same pdf and format,” Haghani said.

This year there are 103 club, up from last year’s 97 clubs. Activities Director, Brooke Valderrama said that “approximately 60 are returning clubs to 40 new clubs.”

“This year it may get spread out more, due to how congested it can get in the center of the Upper Quad, and this year, like last year, clubs get their tables, first come, first serve,” Valderrama said.

Also, that they are going to “try and have the clubs put up a trifold board that advertises their club,” Valderrama said so that way students can see the different clubs easier.

Valderrama said her favorite part of Club Rush is “that when (they) set up all the tables it looks so plain, but as soon as all the kids come out and they just get into it and are so passionate about their clubs the way they decorate their tables and put up information. It’s just kind of cool to see how it comes alive when the Presidents and Vice Presidents come out and set up their tables.” Also, Valderrama said that the “younger kids to realize this isn’t middle school and there’s actually real clubs because we are allowed to have a lot of leeway in the kind of clubs we allow.” Finally, Valderrama’s advice for students consider is “to go to clubs that interest you, and not just to go to a club because they have free pizza or free cookies.”

“I think that as a school we want kids to be able to find their niche at San Juan Hills, whether that Athletics, Performing Arts, Newspaper, ASB, Yearbook. So that they feel they have a place here at San Juan and I think that one our best ways to do that is through clubs whether they join a club or start one. I think its a huge avenue for kids to try and find their place at San Juan Hills,” Valderrama said.

President of the club Share-A-Smile, Taytum Tercenio, is in her second year of being a part of club rush. “I hope to attract more Freshmen and Sophomores to carry the club when I’m gone because I’m a Senior and I really want people to sign up and be very active and interested in the cause,” Tercenio said.

Because it is her second year doing club rush, she has some aspects she is planning to change this year. “I won’t overload them with so much information, I want it to be short and concise so they can explore other clubs as well, but still be interested in mine,” Tercenio said.

Overall, Tercenio loves club rush because it gives her a chance to reach out to other students.“I get to talk to new people and I always love meeting others. I’m very optimistic and extroverted. This is the way I can spread my cause, again!” said Terenio.

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