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What can I do to be a leader in this situation?

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Hi! So over this break I decided that I wanted to help establish a chapter of a club at my school. I emailed the necessary people, who told me that somebody was already working on leading this club. I was really sad about it because I thought that my chance to be a leader has past me already. I’m going to contact the guy, but I really need help. I haven’t emailed him yet, but I don’t know him. Do you have any suggestions on what to say or how to insinuate that I want to be really involved with this club? I’m going to be a sophomore next year and I want to be involved with the club in a fair degree of leadership. How do I do that? Is my chance for leadership past me? Also do you think that colleges will understand that because he’s an upperclassman he had more time to establish the club whereas I would have established the club if he had not been there first? I’m really disappointed about it. Thank you in advance!

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Founding a club is not the only way to be a leader, and in this case I think your path forward is pretty simple. I would just tell this person that you were very interested in whatever club this is he's trying to establish a chapter of and would like to help him put it together. I think the obvious point here is that your goal—both stated and in general—should be "get involved with something I'm interested in and care deeply about" and not "leadership for my college applications." To that end, why do you want leadership in this club? Why do you think you'd be particularly well-suited for it? Try to make that case to him and let him know how you'd be a useful person to organize with and maybe have as some kind of co-founder or vice president, if we're looking at traditional leadership positions. Further, if he's an upperclassman, then that means that leadership of this club would likely fall naturally to you once he graduates if you become really involved.

Thank you so much for your answer! It helped me a lot! I want to clarify though, I am very interested in this club, and it pertains greatly to my current interests. I am also new to my school, like nobody even in my grade knows who I am, so I want to get involved in something with a fair degree of involvement, as I am very passionate about the subject.
Then I'd definitely see how you might be able to work with this person on setting this up—maybe it'll help you make a new friend too, since you could bond over similar interests!
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Seeing your situation reminds me of mine:

This is how I dealt with it:

I tried my hard to write a good email and even I organized a party for those we were able to choose the leader.

Later, they didn't make me a leader.

So, I decided to create my own club with some other friends and I did.

You can create your own club.

Basically, what sorts of club you want to join?