Bake It ’Til You Make It

by Catherine Portelli on December 21, 2021

Bake It ’Til You Make It

by Catherine Portelli on December 21, 2021

When I thought about college when I was in high school, I didn't think I would be in as many clubs as I was in high school—much less did I think in my freshman year, I would be co-president of a brand new club.  

One day at lunch, I was sitting at a table with my friends, who I had only known for a couple weeks at that point. We were talking about baking and how we missed being able to do that in our own kitchen. I don't remember which one of us said it, but someone suggested that we form our own baking club. It would be the perfect outlet for stress. 

Baking Club member purchasing supplies online.

We found out that Arcadia had never had a baking club before. I looked at my friend who seemed eager about the idea and asked, “Are we doing this?” She looked back at me with a simple “yes.” And so we did. 

Luckily for us, this was the perfect time to create a new club. The process was a lot easier than I expected it to be. We only had to have at six members, a president, a treasurer, a secretary, and a faculty adviser. In addition, there was a bunch of paperwork that had to be filled out. After we determined our officers, adviser, and filled out the paperwork, we had to present our club at a Student Government Organization (SGO) meeting, and they had to vote and approve. The presentation was a little nerve-wracking, but my confidence and passion for this club helped me get through it. 

I’m very proud of my friends and myself for being able to do something like this in only our first year of college. I hope that once we leave, there will be someone that will take over and continue what we started.

- Catherine Portelli

I found out later from a mutual friend that not only did SGO like our idea, but it was a unanimous vote. I mean, who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked goods? I was on cloud nine, and people who I did not recognize were congratulating me on my presentation.

Now, it is time for the fun part: We’ve started getting the word out to other students, looking for baking equipment, and planning our first event, a holiday bake sale!

I’m very proud of my friends and myself for being able to do something like this in only our first year of college. I hope that once we leave, there will be someone that will take over and continue what we started.