|College dance club - not the ABC group.|
Well, things didn't work out that way. See, ABC is one of those groups that tries to convince a lot of people to join, but normally that was only at the activities fair at the beginning of the school year. That was where those 15-20 people came from. But this year, because there were more spots open, ABC put more emphasis on getting people to join. We did a musical in first two weeks of the semester where anyone could be in the chorus. A lot of the students in charge of ABC were also involved in directing this musical, and spent the entire two weeks promoting the group. A lot of students were iffy about it, not sure if they had the time commitment, but when the list got passed around, everyone decided that they might as well sign up. By the end of the play, there were 60 students competing for 10 spots. Needless to say, I didn't make it. But really upset me is that I was competing against people who weren't as interested in the group as I was. I can understand missing the table at the activities fair, but there were upperclassman who knew very well that the group existed but never sought it out on their own. There were people who probably wouldn't have signed up if the list wasn't being passed around in front of everyone, if the ABC leaders had just spoken once about the group and left the signup list in one place, so it was something you had to do on your own. If I had been running ABC, I would have felt bad about having limited space when so many people wanted to join. I would have been thrilled at the opportunity to accept a higher percentage of everyone who auditioned. But instead, ABC made sure they could be just as exclusive as they had always been.
I'm very much against putting pressure on people to join things, but I think it's worse to put on that pressure when you don't have enough room for everyone. I can understand if you really, really need someone to join, like if you need to cast someone for a particular role in a play or else you can't do the play, but most groups like ABC can still function just fine with fewer people. In addition to pressuring people into doing something that they may not want to do, you're reducing the chances of people who really want to do the activity getting in. If you have limited space, why not calm down a bit: advertise and make your group known, but let people come to you. By doing so, you can both reduce peer pressure and give everyone who is really interested in your group a better chance of getting in.