The Less You Show Up, The Less We Club

Adkhamjon Janobiddinov ’26

College clubs are known as one of the best ways to make friends, improve communication and project management skills. It is also said that involvement in some clubs can even help students shine their resumes! Currently, there are over a hundred clubs and student organizations at the College. Last week, new executive board members for most clubs were elected. This year’s elections went quite differently from previous years. To be more specific, some clubs have dissolved due to lack of participation, whilst in some clubs, board members were selected without votes! Below, we will learn how elections went in some student organizations and clubs.

In order to write a more detailed opinion, I reached out and had a conversation with several club executive board members. I am really thankful to the members who shared their experience in elections. One of the clubs that I learned about was the Russian Club. According to the leaders of this club, the elections went quite well, however, the club has only 25% participation. Still, they were able to organize “Uzbek plov” night in the beginning of February and Belarussian movie night last week. Wooster Model United Nations, one of the most prestigious clubs at the College is not facing the same problem. According to club members, elections went quite well and the club has a good participation. A board member from Wooster Hillel, the Jewish club at The College of Wooster, also mentioned the elections went quite well, and that they had better participation in events compared to other clubs. As aforementioned, due to lack of participation, there are some clubs that have dissolved. It is also possible to notice from the social media pages of clubs and student organizations about how active they are.

There are few reasons why the student engagement declined for the past few years. It is said that COVID-19 is one of the biggest factors that influenced the student engagement in clubs. During the pandemic, the students had to take classes virtually and student engagement activities were also held online. The remote environment really affected the students’ participation in such clubs. Furthermore, it requires a big responsibility from board members to run the club and attract students. However, it is important to mention that that hard experience will pay off in the future.

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