Thoughts on Balancing Extracurriculars

279-Priya Tarpley

by Priya Tarpley ’18

Since freshman year, I’ve been a part of multiple activities and clubs. Here at GS, all clubs are student-run, and they range from things like Anime Club to Model UN. Every student group sets their own meeting times and dates, but generally clubs are after dinner on weekdays, and are held in a designated space. It provides students with an opportunity to express their interests and explore with their likes and dislikes, and all you need to create a club is a faculty sponsor and 10 student signatures. It’s really simple – and because our days are just so packed, it is nice to have an allocated time to relax and do something that you enjoy.

One of my favorite clubs is Umoja, which is the black student affinity group on campus. We meet after dinner on Wednesdays, and we talk about issues within the black community at George School, our respective cities, and in the world. It provides us with a platform for discussion, and, provided the club leaders apply, a group can have a designated weekend for their club. Umoja Weekend had a dance, two cultural conversations, and a trip to Six Flags that was open to the community. As students, we actually shape a lot of our George School experience, and looking back as a senior, because of extracurricular activites and the people who ran them, I would not have had as great of a time as I did.

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