Why Clubs in College go Wrong

If you don’t start a club in college, chances are you never will. That’s just the truth. I mean it’s the perfect place. It’s full of active, fun-seeking, mostly adventurous students—enough to flock around most obscure/unique/weird interests you may have.

If you’re down with all this and want to continue or start an epic tradition, then listen up, because there are still some things that can go way wrong.

  1. Stepping on an existing, or pre-existing club: A redundancy in clubs can be a killer to both aspiring groups. Likewise, if a potential club like yours used to exist, or fell flat in the development process, you’re going to want to know why. The best way to do this is check for old social media accounts and ask professors and students in related fields.

  2. Not getting more members: Even if your club is going well, and you have a medium size, mighty group that cares, you still need to be open to new members. You’re trying to create a long-lasting thing here—schedules change a lot in college, and people will drop from one semester to the next (or one week to the next), and if you don’t take the time to look for new members or promote the group then you’ll find the group slowly dwindling and losing it’s luster.

  3. Trying to do it all on your own: If you’re starting a club, chances are you feel like a master of the subject. Chances are that you also want, and should be a leader. But still there are drawbacks to trying to do everything on your own. The biggest issue is that if not enough people feel involved then they won’t be passionate enough to come back. Secondly, and this one’s quite obvious, if you don’t trust anyone to help then you yourself might just burn out.

  4. Not communicating well: You need people’s phone numbers. You need them all in your Facebook group. You need to know everyone's names. Once you have all this set up you need to make sure everyone knows where to go to get information...try to make it simple. Updates always on Facebook, on a certain day, or maybe a text thread on a certain day.

  5. Not staying connected with the school: Not only do you need to check in with your Student Activities department as you start to get verified, but you should try to keep ties with them. Let teachers know what you’re up to, make sure you’re getting shout outs on the school’s social media pages, maybe even try to get in an alumni letter.

  6. Not taking it seriously enough: Have you ever been in or around a Fantasy Football league? A board game night? A high school band? As fun as these things are, they out and become less fun if they aren’t organized well. Many college students with great ideas let their clubs fail because they don’t take them seriously enough.

  7. Not enough off campus involvement: Believe it or not, in many ways college is built around you. If you have an idea for a group, the school can supply a place to meet, give advice, and will often have teachers that are interested in helping. If you’re passionate about it and willing to work with “the man”, a lot can come out of using the student resources around you.

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