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Each year, students with common interests are able to create new clubs, be it Political Action Club, Fencing Club, or even Anime Club. This gives students a great opportunity to express their passion, show their talent, or learn more about fields they are interested in outside of the academic curriculum. It only takes an eager group of students and a faculty coordinator to start a new club, and this year, two new clubs at Suffield are making a splash. This year, Cooking and Baking Club was formed by a group of students who share their love for food. As a co-leader of the club, Sasha Skinner ’20 mentioned how she wanted to “bring the community together with cooking.”
This club strives to connect people, through a shared love of cooking (or eating), who may not otherwise cross paths. Sasha commented, “Everybody loves a good cupcake or brownie, and trying a new dish is always fun to explore.” So far, Cooking and Baking Club has made noticeable progress in their collaborative fundraiser activity with Girl Up by holding bake sales during various soccer games. Students in this group not only wish to share the delicious, enjoyable taste of the food they make, but they also are willing to do it for a good cause and to support the Suffield community. Eventually, the club’s annual goal is to make a cook book with recipes that students and faculty bring from their own homes and cultures. Sasha shared, “We want to express the wide variety of foods that are hidden within the Suffield community, whether it be grandma’s famous meatballs, or a food which is traditional to one’s culture.”
Another unique club that was newly introduced this year is the Visual Club created by Hunter Tran ’21. A renowned artist on campus, Hunter practices various forms of art such as photography, and he often holds photoshoots on campus featuring Suffield students as models. His photoshoots helped him realize that many students shared his same passion for art, and he decided it was a good idea to officially form a club. The Visual Club’s motives are to allow students to portray their individuality and artistic expression through photography and modeling. The club occasionally comes together to discuss ideas for photoshoots and learn new skills, from handling a camera to digitally editing photographs. The members also incorporate aspects of fashion and makeup in this activity.
As of now, Hunter has led several students in modeling and photoshoots, and after editing these, he has posted his work on social media with the hopes of attracting more students to participate in a new experience. Ultimately, Hunter shared that his goal for the year is “to continue to help others learn that the technicality behind photography and modelling is not as daunting as it initially seems and encourage others to express their own artistry.” He also plans to organize a trip off campus to beautiful locations to hold more photoshoots.