From the first step we took into our journey at Macleans College, to the very last breath we share in the same campus, this message has been repeated over and over for as long as time can remember. It really is the old chestnut of our school.

“Get involved!”

“Join a club!”

“Do an extracurricular!”

That’s only the surface of it.

Well, that’s what we all hear from the start anyways. But genuinely though, extracurriculars here at Macleans College is an experience you won’t find anywhere else. The abundance of diversity here is something the school often prides itself on, with clubs ranging from sitting in Mansfield watching the latest Jujutsu Kaisen episode to running around on hot summer days being a News Committee photographer, or even if you really wanted, have a chair to sit on during Friday assemblies being a Digital Leader! 

Extracurriculars don’t have to be daunting or hard. These things are meant to be fun and fulfilling, much like an extended hobby. Oftentimes, the enjoyment and pleasure aspect of being in an extracurricular is overlooked by the fear of beginning new things. Obviously, it is intimidating at first. Trying to sit down in a club where there’s an already established inner circle, and everyone seems like they know everyone; all except for you.

One of the musical groups here at Macleans College

It’s hard, it really is. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. The best advice that can be handed over is to simply join clubs that you share a strong passion for. This is where you’ll find people who share like-minded interests with you, meaning it’s much easier for you to be a part of the group. At the end of the day, extracurriculars are simply about having fun doing what you want, and what you like. Never force yourself to do something you get no enjoyment out of, because a lot of these extracurricular activities require tons and tons of commitment. So, find one that works for you, and stick with it.

You never know, great things start small.

21st Februrary, 2024
Written by Emma Li, edited by Ally Chu, Hope Zhang, and Aaron Huang

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