What Can be Expected at Club Rush?


Anjeli Webb

Students at YLHS, a few of whom are a part of The Wrangler, work on the posters for Nikita Gupta’s Steam it Up club.

Anvi Bhagavatula, Photojournalist

Club Rush, the YLHS event in which all of the clubs on campus set up booths to explain their club to other students, is the definition of the start of a new school year. Hundreds of students at YLHS join in the Quad, awaiting the commencement of clubs, new and old, to begin. The clubs at YLHS range from German Club to Sports Podcast Club, consisting of a large range of academic, social, empowerment, and religious organizations. The first month of school, although not always easy, is on the slower side, with everyone getting accustomed to their new classes and new friend circles, as well as beginning the season or preseason of sports and partaking in new and old extra-curricular activities. No matter which type of student the person is, the first month of school is stressful. Club Rush allows for people to find just exactly what their interests are, and possibly even inspire them to pursue that passion when they get older. 

Nikita Gupta (10) gave an outlook on what goes into the planning of Club Rush. She explained that she filled out an application to the Activities Director Mrs. Runge (S) now Mrs. Kadum, noting that the application consisted of a teacher advisor signature as well as seven members’ signatures. This includes the vice president, treasurer, and secretary. She also had to describe the general idea of her club, which, for her, is to teach the younger population of Yorba Lindas’ students how to code and create robots. Nikita also hopes to find other clubs to join during Club Rush, like the Women Empowerment clubs, possibly even merging it with hers, or at least working with them. 

This type of organizational planning present in the application and continuation of the club prepares students for the world of business development, which, for some students, is a useful skill if they’re intending to go into that field. Even if the student is looking for a different job path, the skills of organization and leadership can carry them through any career. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters club president Karina Hiranandani (10) also provided some anecdotes on the background of creating a club. “I’m excited to see what new ideas other students bring in the meetings. I’m also looking forward to meeting more students too and maybe even attending some of their clubs’ meetings.” Overall, club rush begins the new year because so many students care enough about their interests to create a club that facilitates others’ strengths and interests.