Blogger: Angie Wong
Before entering college, I had a few friends that were already attending the college I was accepted to. At first, I told myself I didn’t need to join a student organization because I already knew people. I convinced myself I didn’t have time for a student organization. However, after a semester of my first college year, I realized that although I had friends, I did not participate in any extracurricular activities outside from school. I was not learning much about the career I was interested in. I was wearing myself out. After joining two student organizations, I found the benefits of joining student organizations. There are two types of student organizations you should join; one that relates to your career, and one that focuses on extracurricular activities.
Joining a student organization that relates to your career is beneficial because you learn more about the career. You also get to meet people who are interested in the same career. This is beneficial because these connections could push you to get out of your comfort zone or help you improve your professional skills. For example, when I joined a professional student organization, I met people who encouraged me to speak with professionals who came to speak with us at the meetings. This has improved my networking and opened more interview opportunities with companies. You can also build strong friendships through a professional student organization. I have gained many valuable friendships through the organization I am a part of. You can also volunteer through a professional student organization. I have volunteered for two conferences through the organization I am a part of.
Another type of student organization you should join is one that focuses on extracurricular activities. These organizations could help you get a little break from school and relieve your stress. Some activities I have participated in through another student organization include playing flag football and volleyball, attending sports and dance competitions, and volunteering for different events. You can also make connections through this type of student organization. These connections could be your fellow sports team players or just through the organization as a whole. I have friends who have graduated but still come back to play sports with the organization just to have some fun and relax.
You should join a student organization to form bonds and to learn more about what you are interested in and passionate about. It is beneficial to join a student organization related to a career you are joining. These organizations will allow you to learn more about the career you are beginning and will give you more exposure to the field. In addition, joining an extracurricular student organization could help you with your stress level and allow you to have some fun.