Join a Club!
My advice to incoming freshmen, and honestly all years, is to join a club at East. I somehow have managed to make it to my second semester of senior year in high school and never have I participated in a club. Of course, COVID did take away a year or two of actually being able to join a club. However, it is essential to get a well-rounded high school experience. In college, clubs are used to make friends and expand interests, this is the same in high school. However, students don’t see the importance of being in a club.
The first step is to go to a club fair. Luckily East hosts a large club fair every year. Over 20 clubs set up tables out on the E during lunch. They have big signs and sometimes hand out treats, like candy. This is where you can find a club that suits you best. Ask them all the questions you need to and get clarification on what joining the club entails. This is also one of the places where you can sign up for the club. Don’t worry, if you don’t want to rush your decision there are opportunities to sign up after the fair.
The next step is to attend a meeting, at lunch depending on the club, the days will differ. This is a great opportunity for freshmen to make friends that share the same interests. Seniors realize that it's good to have friends to hang out with on the weekends and have friends that share the same educational interests as you. It's important to expand your range of social skills in an academic setting. Most clubs are based around common interests, and it's a good chance to learn more about your interests and get into deep conversations over specific topics.
Even if you can’t find a club that interests you. East offers the opportunity to Juniors and Seniors to make a club. This expands the scope of clubs. Just this year someone made a jazz club, East also has a bee club. The point is, Clubs are important, and no matter what your interests are, East will have a club that is the perfect fit for you, and if it doesn't you can make one!