Insider's Guide to High School The Tattoo

Do what you like, just get involved

BRISTOL, Connecticut, U.S.A. — Do not say “there’s nothing to do.”

You will find something, even if you’re not an athlete.

There’s band, singing groups, dramas, musicals, math team, Future Business Leaders of America, Bristol Youth Chamber of Commerce, Student Council, World Cultures Club, Ski Club, yearbook — and, of course, The Tattoo.

From experience I would encourage everyone to join what appeals to them.

However, be dedicated. It is not advisable to just attend meetings. Find what you like and stick to it.

Unique to Bristol Eastern is the ‘Magic’ Club, which is an imaginative, involved card game, the Martial Arts Club, the environmental club Earthlings, and the Outdoors Club.

Start your own club with your friends if you’ve seen nothing you like yet.

The benefits reaped from being involved in clubs or sports are great. Extracurriculars allow you not only to meet potential friends with similar interests, but to find what interests you.

The rewards pay off monetarily in the end as well.

Most scholarships look for the all-around student, who has participated in extracurricular activities. You will make connections with grown-ups who can write letters about how what a wonderful leader or dedicated member you are.

Criteria for induction into honor societies include involvement in activities.

Some students get in over their heads with their many interests.

I have learned to cut it down and do what you really like.

Of course, there are three seasons of sports for boys and girls — freshmen, junior varsity, and varsity. Since practices are after school every day, it is not possible to dedicate yourself to after-school clubs, too.

You must pick and choose. But you will discover.

Hila Yosafi is a Reporter from Connecticut for Youth Journalism International.

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