The Merits of Coed Clubs
By Martín Villagra-Riquelme ‘20
At STA and NCS, even though we are single-sex schools, we have a lot of opprtunities to interact with each other, but the best places to form friendships are the co-ed clubs. Academically, the average STA or NCS’s student’s interactions with the other school can amount to just AmLit along with a few popular English electives, but these interactions can often feel forced. With Closewide clubs, which a student voluntarily does, interactions are more organic since you’re working together for a common goal like a performance or a meet instead of individually aiming for an A or a B for the semester. Although I’ve always felt comfortable in NCS and around NCS students since my mom (Sra. Riquelme) works there, the biggest reason why half of my friend group is from NCS is because I’ve always been involved in co-ed groups like the Thespian Society, Chorale/Mads, and Voyageur. In these groups, students from the opposite school aren’t just classmates; they’re the people who help you with lines, help you in a song, help you climb a wall, but, most importantly, they’re the people that help you create a fun environment where you grow off of each other. All it takes is a bit of effort to reach out to them.
One of the reasons why NCS and STA students can feel so far apart from each other even though we’re less than a block away is because of our different cultures and our lack of organic interactions with each other. While we cannot force everyone to join a co-ed club, the best way to bridge this 300-yard gap between us is to encourage both STA and NCS students to form and join these types of groups, then we can be actual brother-sister schools.