By Jordan Levine
Guidance counselors at Andover High School believe that the majority of the kids
participate in clubs to give back to their community and make a difference. Some students believe the opposite.
Many students belong to clubs at Andover High because they feel that it enhances their college resume, and makes themselves look better. Students who only do it for the college process are often signing up for the clubs without attending meetings. Colleges do not check attendances at the clubs but rather go by the honor system, allowing students to pretend that they are part of a club when they really aren’t. Students also feel that being a part of numerous clubs looks better on their college applications, but the guidance counselors tend to think otherwise.
Jessica Volmer, a guidance counselor and Andover High School, feels that being involved in general makes a difference in the college process but not necessarily numerous clubs. It looks better to be involved in a few and have maintained them over the years. Volmer said, “Great majority join to make a difference and be involved, but there are some students who do it just to enhance their application.”
Students seem to have different opinions on the clubs at school. Elizabeth Williams, a senior at Andover High School who is not involved, does not think it puts her at a disadvantage in the college process. “Absolutely not,” she said. “Colleges look more at my academic career than what I did for clubs at High School.”
Yet another student, who asked not to be named, had the same opinion. She is part of the Red Cross club but when asked why she admitted, “for college.” Many students are participating in these clubs because
they feel that it is necessary.
Lisa Salley, a senior involved in numerous clubs at Andover High, seems to think otherwise. Because Salley isn’t an athletic type of person she wanted to do something to fit it and make new friends, not to enhance her resume. Salley also believes that clubs do put you at an advantage because they “expose you to more than just your regular group of friends, providing that you can strive in any environment.”