Why I Got Involved in Malvern Activities

by Ryan Franks '17
Activities and Clubs: Student Council, Academic Competition, Black Friar Chronicle, Jazz Band, Liturgical Music Group, Adelphia Society, The Malvern Theatre Society and the Science National Honor Society

A few years ago, when I was visiting Malvern for the first time as an eighth grader, I was so impressed by all of the activities that the School had to offer. It seemed as if whatever interests or hobbies you had, there was a club for you to join. I was interested in a number of the activities offered, but I never thought that I would be a part of them. After stepping foot on Malvern's campus as a freshman though, I soon realized that I wanted to dedicate my time to these extracurriculars.

My father always told me that the smartest people in the world are not always the most successful. This piece of advice has always motivated me to become a well-rounded person. Here at Malvern, I am blessed with the opportunity to become this well-rounded person.

The first club I joined at Malvern was Student Council in the fall of my freshman year. I felt it would give me the opportunity to make a positive impact on the School as a leader for the student body. As one of the only students coming from my grade school, this was also a great way to meet other students and faculty members. Through my experience with Student Council, I have been involved in planning a majority of our school events. It has been such a pleasure to organize Homecoming and Spirit Week, plan the Christmas Dodgeball Game, and prepare the numerous "D" Schedule games. The satisfaction of seeing the students enjoy what I do is indescribable. I encourage anyone to run for Student Council this year, especially the freshmen who are new to the school. Your ideas and opinions will contribute to making this school year the most memorable at Malvern.

I have played the piano since second grade and the guitar since eighth grade. I have always admired musicians and their unique ability to create music. Last year I decided to utilize my talents in the Jazz Ensemble and this year through the Liturgical Music Group as a guitar player. The Jazz Ensemble plays one Christmas and Spring Concert on an annual basis, as does the Liturgical Music Group. Last year we were also fortunate to play in Disney World over Martin Luther King weekend. It is such a joy to make music for Malvern Prep and to feel gratification for those who enjoy what I do.

My passion for these activities is the reason for my membership in each of them. Everyday I get to do something that I love. Participating in the clubs and activities at malvern takes the stress away from a high school student and transports him into a world of his own. Because of the all-boys atmosphere, we have the ability (and are encouraged!) to try new things we never dreamed of doing in front of a girl.

Freshmen, you are just starting your time at Malvern and have a long journey ahead. There is no greater way to get acclimated to the School and meet new people than joining a club or activity. Sophomores, you have your first year under your belt and know how high school works. I encourage you to try something you were too shy to do last year, or were not able to do. Juniors, we are halfway done already. Many of you are involved in activities, but try this year to not just be a participant, but a leader in your club or activity. Seniors, it must seem like yesterday you walked into O'Neill for your first Activities Fair. Do not let your time at Malvern pass by with any regrets.

Being involved in our Activities Program has helped me make lasting memories with my Malvern brothers. The camaraderie between my friends and I has only grown stronger with involvement. To understand the full meaning of brotherhood you must know what it is like to step outside of your comfort zone and bond with your brothers in a program you never knew you would love. It is an experience like none other.

by Alex Reber '17
Activities and Clubs: Student Council, Jazz Band, Black Friar Chronicle, The Malvern Theatre Society, SAVI

Extracurricular activities are a big part of my everyday life. The great thing about Malvern is that there is something for everyone here. There are endless opportunities for each and every student to get involved in some way, and these are the things that make the Malvern experience worthwhile.

I came to Malvern in sixth grade, and thankfully I was able to figure out the basic pathway of what I had wanted to be a part of early on, which included Athletics, Music and Student Council. During my freshmen year I joined Student Council, Jazz Band and was a member of the basketball and lacrosse teams. However, I started to feel like my Malvern experience was slightly lacking. This was mainly because I felt like I could have done more in the Malvern Community, not only to get myself more involved, but I also wanted to see if there was anything that I was possibly interested in that I didn't know about.

My sophomore year is when I decided to branch out and try new things. In addition to the things I did as a freshman, I also joined Malvern's school newspaper, The Black Friar Chronicle, the Malvern Theatre Society and I was also selected to be a part of the SAVI (Student Augustinian Values Institute) organization. Even though I knew little to nothing about any of these prior to joining them, I still had a great time and I feel like becoming more involved in the School was the best decision I made while here at Malvern. My only regret is that I did not include myself in these things earlier.

Last year was when I felt that I was fully immersed into the Malvern community, and these past two years have been the best years that I've had here, due, in large part, to the great people I have met and unforgettable experiences I've had through being involved in these activities. Taking advantage of the opportunities handed to me has opened many doors and has also formed me into the young man I am today.

That said, I wish I had done this earlier in my Malvern career. My advice to all students, especially freshmen, is to get involved in everything that you're even remotely interested in. It is better to try something and not like it than to wonder what it could have been like if you simply signed up for it. Don't make the same mistake I did and let shyness get in the way of doing what you're passionate about.

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