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Student Activities Fairs Return to Campus

Amir McFerren ’24 Assistant News Editor
The Hopkins Activities Fairs took place on Monday, September 27, and Friday, October 1. The first fair was dedicated to community service-based activities such as Maroon Key, Peer Tutoring, and the Natural Disaster Relief Club, while the second was for activities like Model UN, The Razor, and Robotics.
“The Activities Fair was quite important to the Chess Club as it was the main recruiting event for us,” said club head Sarvin Bhagwagar ’24. “It’s more difficult to get people to join the club in the middle of the year, which is why the other Chess Club captains and I consider the Fair a very important event.”

Bhagwagar was one of many club heads who experienced their first Activities Fair this year, as last year’s event was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “It’s an event that occurred before Covid-19 and I’m glad I got the chance to experience normalcy,” he said.

The Fairs offer the biggest chance exposure most clubs will get all year, so heads are focused on making an impression and drawing in people who share their interests. “I’m just looking to put our club on the map, seem friendly and grab people’s attention,” said Head of the Ping Pong Club Drew Williams ’23. “I created this club literally because I enjoy what it is about, and I am especially looking forward to seeing everyone who shares my interest,” said Matthew Cotaj ’22, Head of the new Esports Club.

Different heads took different strategies to prepare for the Fairs. Some, such as Head of the American Sign Language Club Julia Brennan ’23 prepared extensively. “My sister and I prepar[ed] for the Activities Fair by creating a Google Classroom page, setting up lesson plans, organizing our set up for the Fair and more,” she stated. Others, such as Cotaj, were less focused on specific preparations. “The confidence I have in the community is why I believe excessive preparation would really just be redundant because if they like the idea of our organization, then they will find their way to our space,” he explained.

Ultimately, the purpose of the Fairs was to allow students to come together around shared interests and to help find some new ones as well. Cotaj in particular was “keeping an eye out for new members who I can share my passion with. Hopefully, they can see video games as an outlet just like me!”
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