Earlier this year, RPS hosted their annual club fair, which allowed both new and old students to sign up for any club that was available to them in preparation for the upcoming school year.
Students were able to choose from a plethora of options available to them, with clubs ranging from hockey club to tea club. A common occurrence in the signup experience is that students tend to sign up for too many clubs and end up not being able to commit to all of them.
In response to this occurrence, Arjun Ahluwalia ’16 said, “I think it’s fine, as long as people know how much they can eat. You can only participate in so many things.”
Nonetheless, every club on campus gathered up and did their best to coerce prep students into trying out their respective clubs.
When asked about his plans this year, Tea Club President Vignesh Jagathese ’16 said, “We’re changing tea club from the ground up this year. Rather than having small, disorganized meetings of only a few members, we plan on broadening our horizons and running the tea club everyone deserves.”
Ahluwalia, who also serves as JSA RPS Chapter President, is very enthusiastic about what the JSA will be accomplishing this year. He said, “In the past, JSA has not had the best reputation, but this year we are going to change that. There are two initiatives we want to achieve this year. We plan to reach out to the school by holding a Fight Apathy day where students and faculty can proudly wear a sticker that will read, “My name is _____ and I support _____.” or something of that nature. We also plan on holding a Chapter Conference in March, where students from all over NJ and some from PA can convene and debate resolutions. JSA is not only a microcosm of the real world, but it is also an organization that fosters civic engagement and gives a platform for anyone from anywhere to have their voice heard.”
Ahluwalia has big shoes to fill this year after former RPS JSA Chapter President Arian Rubio ’14 graduated. Rubio was famous for his ability to convince practically anyone at RPS to at least try the JSA, and Ahluwalia hopes to have a similar effect on the people.
A club that, along with tea club, was new last year is the Mind Explosion Club. Known to be very popular among students due to enthusiastic former President Jerry Ren ’14, the club looks to have another great year in 2015.
Kristof Rau ’16, new Mind Explosion Club President, said, “Last year, Jerry ren handed down his beloved Mind Explosion Club to me. He put a lot of his time into this club and I plan to carry through with it to make him proud. Going into club fair I wasn’t sure if we were going to have many people joining. Although I was skeptical, on the day of club fair the mind explosion table was crowded for almost all of community time. We are working on the plan for our first meeting and hope to make our club a success.”
The GSA has been an especially prominent club on campus. Under the leadership Paulina Aldaba ‘14 last year, the club was even able to reach the semifinals for title of “GSA of the year”.
Bethany Fink is slated to be the President of the club this coming school year, with high hopes. She looks to focus more on the impact that the GSA has on the Rutgers Prep community.
She said, “The GSA has done a lot of work in the past few years, and I am trying to continue the positive effects of what we have done, but my main concern this year is trying to make sure that our school is a safe and accepting environment for all students.”
Along with all of these amazing clubs at RPS, many other are ready to begin a successful year. With high hopes within every respective club, Prep looks to be very busy this next year.