One of the great things about college is the amount of opportunities that students have to grow, especially outside of the classroom. Many universities have hundreds of campus organizations that help students develop as leaders in what they are passionate about. Whether it is with sports, student government, or a specific field of study, there is usually an organization for what you are looking for.
The purpose of these organizations is to help develop leaders while creating culture on campus. Leadership is always important and these organizations understand that the skills gained by developing leaders are just as important, if not more important, than development in the classroom.
One of the first steps in becoming involved on campus is finding organizations that line up with your passions and interests. When you find those organizations, the people in them will inspire you to grow and become even more involved.
After you find organizations that go along with your passions, the next move is to apply for leadership positions within the organization. This is usually done a semester or year after the initial involvement. Examples of internal positions in these clubs include president, vice-president, treasurer, etc. Those who apply for these positions see the benefit of being completely immersed in that organization’s goals and the people in it; they are the most passionate and are vocal about their passion.
The biggest challenge is finding something you believe in and then getting the opportunity to lead in that area. Many times, students will not get the positions they apply for and after being denied, they sometimes give up. Do not give up until you are happy with your level of involvement on campus. If someone says no to once, ask and apply again.
Be sure to take opportunities given to you, even if they do not seem like they will help at first. When you try something on campus that doesn’t fit with your goals and interests, don’t be afraid to take another route until you discover what you’re looking for!
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