My name is Taylor Hicks. I am a senior at Ronald W. Reagan High School, located in Pfafftown, North Carolina. This summer I will begin my first semester as a Merchandise Marketing major at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California. Fashion is something that I am extremely passionate about; it has become my entire life. I dedicate my time and attention to this world filled with glamour, imagination, creativity, and style. Through fashion I am able to express myself in ways that words cannot.
In high school it seems like everyone is trying to find their way. Students are starting to decide what they want to make of their future. That is exactly why I chose to start a fashion club at my high school. It was my desire to share my love for fashion with my fellow students and to also further expand their knowledge of the fashion industry. In doing so, I have influenced students to chase after their own dreams and have helped them see their full potential. Also, I have acquired a great amount of leadership skills and more confidence in myself. So how did I do it? Here are the steps I took to start my school’s first fashion club:
1. Decide on a topic that you want your club to revolve around. This step is imperative because you want to choose something that you are committed to and very passionate about.
2. Find a sponsor. This could be a teacher you are very close with or any other faculty member who might share similar interests.
3. Brainstorm what activities and events your club will partake in. While coming up with these activities keep your club’s demographic in mind. What kinds of people will be in your club and what will they want to do? You want to make sure you keep your members constantly engaged.
4. Hold an interest meeting at school. Spread the word that you are starting a new club and advertise the 5 W’s (Who, What, When, Where, and Why).
5. Get your club approved. Schedule a meeting with your principal (or whoever approves your school’s clubs) and explain to them what your club will be about. Tell them how you had an interest meeting and what students’ feedback was.
6. Nominate and vote for club officers. Now that your club has been approved you are going to want for club members to have a say in the club, so have them nominate and vote for club officers.
Creating a new club requires many hours of planning and hard work but once you see the impact it has on your school you will leave the experience with a huge sense of accomplishment. Starting a club also looks great on your resume when applying for colleges due to the fact that it shows you are a dedicated, responsible, and well-organized individual. Good luck and have fun!