What do you think of when you hear the word Key Club?
Do you think of service, leadership, spirit, or family? Or do you think toxic, obnoxious, or dramatic?
Unfortunately, most people would most likely say the second option.
To me, Key Club is something that has shaped me to be the way I am today. It has provided me with opportunities to meet new people who share the same passion as me, it has helped me develop leadership skills, and it has allowed me to show my love for the community through community service. However Key Club is more than just community service.
If you know what Key Club is, then you’ve probably heard the “How do you feel?” cheer and cringed or thought,”How embarrassing…” in your head. But actually, there’s way more from where that came from! Key Club is actually very very spirit oriented, and spirit sessions are a huge part of our tradition. The main reason why we go to Six Flags is to participate in a spirit battle among other Key Clubs and raise money for Pediatric Trauma Program, a charity all Key Clubs support. Of course there are some people who’d think that they would never want to be in the crowd with us cheering, and that they would never embarrass themselves like that, but once you’ve done it you’ll know why we all love cheering.
If you’ve been to a high school basketball game, you’ve most likely cheered in support for your school’s team. And what fun is it if you don’t cheer or go crazy and lose yourself in the moment? It’s the same thing with our spirit sessions. Once you start cheering with the people around you, you get this feeling of unity, excitement, and thrill that’s irreplaceable.
However, cheers aren’t the only thing people don’t like about us. We are also infamously known for being dramatic and obnoxious people. Although there are a few bad apples in our club, it doesn’t make all of us dramatic, obnoxious, and every other bad thing people associate with Key Clubbers.
Speaking honestly, what club or group doesn’t have drama? Yes, maybe there may be a few people who gossip and butt into other people’s business, but there are those kinds of people everywhere. However, there are also people in the club who only have good intentions and who only want to volunteer and lead other students. We can also seem obnoxious at times because of how loud Key Clubbers are, but I promise we all accept people with open arms. I know my members are loud and crazy at times, but I know that we all truly just love each other and have a strong passion for the same things. This connection allows us to be comfortable and loud around each other, and it can be mistaken for obnoxiousness.
I originally joined this club with the hopes of making new friends, finding a new passion for service, and discovering something new. And I have found everything I’m looking for. Key Club really isn’t all that bad, and there are reasons as to why so many people love it. Next time you’re invited to an event or given an opportunity to join, take that chance. Experience it for yourself and see if you still think about us the way you do.
Don’t knock it ’til you try it.