WHY?! You don’t already know why joining a campus organization will be the best decision of your life?! Well, I guess I’ll just have to tell you all about it. While there are many reasons to join an org, here are my top 4!
1. Spice up your Resume
Yes, the ever-looming, very important resume. It’s a big reason why you should join a campus organization. When employers look at your resume, they want to see that you’re well-rounded and can handle those extra-curricular activities and your school work. Plus, as you’ll see later, they can be great talking points, highlight your passions and skills, and be that one extra thing that separates you from everyone else.
2. Find your passion
There are so many different types of organizations (academic, professional, volunteer, leadership, just-for-fun, etc) and, especially if you go to a big school, there is bound to be one for your very specific passion. Whether it’s baking cupcakes, yachting, engineering, international politics, or anything in between, I promise there is something for you. Who knows, you might just find your new passion!
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3. Learn new skills
In some of these organizations, you might learn some really important hard skills. But, more than likely, you’ll be building those coveted soft skills. Through organizations, you’ll gain skills like accountability, communication, planning, leadership, and all those other fancy words employers want to see.
4. Meet new people
Last, but definitely not least, you’ll meet some pretty amazing people. I’ve met some of my closest friends through my organizations and a few super important professional contacts for when I go into “The Real World”. Through my international organization, I’ve made friends from all around the world and even got to visit one of them while I was in France.
Okay, so I’ve sold you. You’re going to join ALLLLL the orgs on campus. Right? Okay well even if you pick just one, here are some tips to score that acceptance!
1. The Website
Check out your school’s website and the organization’s website. There is bound to be plenty of information there to help you decide which is right for you. You should also be able to find things like meeting times, dues, and member expectations.
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Attend the informational!! If it’s a competitive org, go right up to the front, shake everyone’s hand, introduce yourself, and *boom* extra points for you. Informationals are great because you get to learn more about the org, meet people who are already in it, and get the insiders tips for applying.
The last and final step to joining an organization: applying. Depending on the organization, this could be submitting a resume, cover letter, and essay then preparing for an interview, or it could be as easy as saying “hi, I would like to join”. Whichever it is, be sure that you will have enough time to truly commit to the org and that you’ll get something out of it.
Good luck and happy campus-organization-joining!!