Clubs should be mandatory to graduate

By Jocelyn Oceguera

Writer Stephanie Garcia, a third-year food science and nutrition student, spends most of her time on campus running from class to club to work. As the secretary for the Food Justice club and her position with internal affairs for DEPIE, a student demand for equality in education, she is delighted to get home and rest just to do it all over again the next day.

She stated clubs should be something every student should do because they get presented with so many opportunities to better their learning and socializing skills. They will not only gain these skills but broaden them in order to build relationships with others.

“I love the social aspect of clubs,” said Garcia. “I like the knowledge that clubs give me, so that I can spread what I learn from them and hopefully others will take from it and do something special with it.”

Clubs not only help develop people skills, but they teach students how to use clear communication, have a positive attitude and a good work ethic. Therefore, Cal Poly Pomona should offer incentives or course credit for students who join a club.

According to the CPP website, there are a variety of different clubs students can join on campus. Whether it is a club that plays a role in their major, a club that focuses on student equality or a club that focuses on women’s rights, there is something for everybody.

“If clubs were mandatory,” said Jennifer Chan, “I’d show up.”

Chan is a fourth-year hospitality student and has never joined a club on campus. She said she has not had a chance to because she is a full-time student and has a part-time job.

Because she has never joined a club, most of her networking has been done through her classes. She thinks if clubs were required or offered incentives to graduate, then she would join clubs that would help her in her major. Chan stated other students who are in her situation might benefit from having clubs required to graduate because it would help them socialize with other students who are interested in the same things they are and help them meet a more diverse group of people.

The whole point of joining a club is to get better informed on what the club is about, attending important events and networking because it can impact students’ careers and their college experiences in a positive way.

Students will also learn to engage with a diverse group of people. The CPP campus is filled with people who come from all over the world and who come from different backgrounds. By getting to know each other, students will learn how different people react to situations and the way they think. They will have the opportunity to learn about each other’s different cultural backgrounds and traditions.

Let’s not forget about the leadership skills students can gain from being in a club.

According to, a college admissions counseling company, being a part of a club not only helps you grow as a person but also grow within the power ladder. Because they usually have presidents, vice presidents or co-chairs in clubs, students involved are always able to move up and fill one of those positions.

By filling the position, new responsibilities arise, and students can be presented with opportunities to improve their public speaking, organizing and multitasking skills, ultimately giving them the opportunity to gain confidence in themselves.

Therefore, joining a club gives students a chance to be social and active on a college campus. It opens opportunities for them and gets them connected to the right people.

Clubs should be part of education

Robert Diep / The Poly Post

Clubs should be part of education

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