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Join the club

posted Jan 18, 2019, 11:03 AM by Andrew Tichy
By: Garrett Grommesh

Four years ago, there weren’t nearly as many extracurricular groups at Moorhead High to join as we have today. In the 2014-2015 school year, there were approximately a dozen non-athletic activities for students, this number has more than doubled in the 2018-2019 school year, at over 30 different non-athletic groups for people to join. This increase in groups for students to join goes to show how the school evolves in its inclusivity as the population of students diversifies. If a freshman feels like there isn’t a club that matches their interests, they can simply talk to a teacher, and there could very well be a club for it the following year, as if one person is interested in a topic, there is sure to be more people interested in it. As a teenager, it is easy to feel alone and like there is nobody who you can relate to, so having a group of people similar to you is vital to your mental health. However, social anxiety is on the rise, making it harder for people to be confident enough to join an extracurricular group. Perhaps one way to solve this issue is to form a club with less rigid of a schedule and less pressure to attend every session. Lower pressure to make it on time to sessions could greatly reduce stress for someone with anxiety when participating in an extracurricular activity. Social anxiety disorder (SAD) affects up to 13% of the population, but there are many ways we can overcome this, and live productive lives. Joining a club or cause you care about could greatly improve your mental health and reduce your anxiety. You don’t have to become a social butterfly, by any means. A lot of people are naturally introverts and that’s okay. Getting yourself out there and pushing out of your comfort zone is important, but it is also good to set realistic limitations to what you can handle. Pushing yourself to the point of an anxiety attack is unnecessary. Embrace your limitations.