Ten reasons to join a student organization

To squeeze every last drop out of your college experience, seize as many opportunities as you can. Getting involved on campus comes with its own set of major perks. Here are ten reasons to join a student organization in the College of Education.

1. Learn more about yourself.
Joining an organization lets you test your skills and strengths, and to develop goals. It lets you see how you handle challenges and where you excel. Being self-aware is crucial in developing your career.

2. Develop soft skills.
Soft skills are the skills without a class you can register for, like effectively working with others, communication, attitude, and team work. Student organizations let you develop these skills alongside your professional and academic skills.

3. Network.
When you’re looking for a job, you’ll be glad you took the time to build relationships and make connections.

4. Gain practical experience in a safe environment.
Making mistakes is part of learning. Student organizations let you use your soft and practical skills like project management, event planning, and fundraising, in a supportive environment.

5. Engage with diverse groups of people.
People communicate and respond and react to situations in different ways. Learning how to work with different people will benefit you in the future.

6. Gain leadership skills.
Learning to lead is an education in management. Becoming an officer in an organization will present opportunities to improve your skills in public speaking and organization.

7. Take a break.
Schoolwork is important. But give yourself a break to socialize with like-minded individuals. You’ll learn as much from them as you would your schoolwork.

8. Expand your resume.
Showing employers that you participated in a student organization communicates that you are a hard-working team player who can handle multiple responsibilities.

9. Give back to the community.
Many organizations give back to the community, through acts of service, sponsoring events, or hosting charity drives. Not only is this good for society, but it will teach you how a future business can give back, too.

10. Have fun!
Meet new people, make new friends, and enjoy new activities. Make the most of your school experience!

Check out this list of student organizations in the College of Education and contact the advisor for more information.

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