Q: Why aren’t you giving clubs a numeric rating, like 5/5 stars? Also, why aren’t you writing reviews for every club?
A: My policy is not to give clubs a numeric rating, nor to write bad reviews, because that could discourage clubs from inviting me and/or allowing anybody to attend their meetings! The ultimate goal here is to make people feel more connected with the campus community, and the worst possible outcome is for to people end up not wanting to go to clubs due to my reviews.
Q: Why do this at all?
A: Partly because I want to try everything, and partly because I want to connect people to the community by highlighting exceptional clubs. Before W&M, I hadn’t been to a school with more than 75 people (in total) in a long time, so I’ve become used to an insulated friend group and staying inside my comfort zone. By doing everything, not only do I make full use of my tuition dollars, but I also get to conquer fears, increase my self-confidence, expand my comfort zone, and just help people overall!
Q: Why is club A ranked higher/lower than club B?
A: First off, I only write reviews for the best ~25% or so of clubs, so if your club is on this list then it’s already quite excellent! Secondly, I can’t reveal every way I score the clubs, because I don’t want to give future clubs that I visit a way to game the system. What I can say is that there’s a big emphasis on how beginner-friendly the club is, such as how well they help newcomers learn/participate in the topic, and how welcoming they are to new members.
Q: How do you have enough time to do this?
A: I purposely took a light course load for my first semester of freshman year (Fall 2022), mostly to ease into college life. However, I found once I got here that apart from student body size, W&M is quite similar to my high school, so there isn’t much to adapt to. So, for Fall 2022, I’m enrolled in 5 classes and 14 credits, and I’m sitting in on a 4 credit class. However, as a hobbyist Python coder, I’ve done much of the work before for all 3 Comp Sci classes that I’m taking, so those take very little time in terms of work. Overall, I probably would have about 5-6 hours free per day without going to every club, and factoring in the clubs I visit plus the clubs I’ve committed to, I still have about 2-3 hours free each day for eating and misc activities. As of mid-October 2022, I’m averaging between 2.5 and 3 clubs per school day, and 2 clubs per calendar day.