Are you in club quality or club quantity?


Andrew Coyner

The staff of Devils’ Advocate works on the site during 10th period. Due to the academic nature of the course, students can take it as a class rather than worrying about adding another club to their busy before and after school schedules.

Quality or quantity? It is the everlasting debate for high school students preparing for college when it comes to participating in clubs. So, is it better to be in one or two quality clubs, or is it better to overload your schedule with them?

After a week of meeting with and asking students for their opinions, I have come to the general consensus that students believe that participating in a club at the highest level is more beneficial to a resume than participating in as many clubs as you can. To put it simply: quality is better, which is a sentiment that I agree with.

While participating in a number of clubs is undoubtedly helpful for your college resume, being a leader in one instead of a member of more than 80 clubs at our school seems to be more beneficial to the student body.

“While I think that it is good to have a little of both, I feel like if you are an important part of a club, then that is more beneficial to your college resume,” said Colleen Major, junior.

“It has kind of been preached to us from the beginning of our high school career by the guidance counselors,” said Brian Glowniak, junior. “All of the counselors seem to be under the same opinion that students are more successful with their applications if they have quality over quantity when discussing clubs.”

Many students agree that having too many clubs in a schedule could actually be detrimental.

“I think that the more clubs you have in your schedule, the less time you will have to do homework, and in turn, you will have potentially lower grades,” said Julia Coyner, sophomore.

After posing this question to more than 20 students, the majority, 18 out of the 20, agreed that quality is better, and the other two students believed that quantity and quality were equally important.