Now that the year is in full swing, I thought it might be a good time to reflect on how I ended up in the clubs that I did after starting at a new college this fall.
Surprisingly, the YAL chapter on my campus has failed to convince me to participate, despite my desire to do so. Actually, if they can’t convince me, a dues-paying, YAL-blogging member to join the chapter, who can they convince? Probably not very many people.
But here are a few easy fixes they could make that I believe would greatly increase their membership in a short amount of time. If any of these apply to your chapter, you might consider changing them as well.
1. Meet in a meeting room or classroom on campus
The chapter at my college insists on meeting in bars and restaurants in the area, rather than on campus. I object to this strategy for several reasons.
First, you are simply not going to convince an innocent freshman girl to walk into a strange bar and yell, “Hey! Which five of you are the YAL chapter?” Especially when your entire chapter is senior guys she’s never met before.
Second, it makes your club look less legitimate. There are hundreds of rooms on campus to use and look professional. If you don’t take your club seriously, nobody else will either, so please, meet in a classroom.