Organization after organization lined up at Georgia State Stadium earlier this month for the Student Organization Fair. My fellow student assistant, Noah, and I were in attendance and had the chance to interact with members about their organization’s purpose and goals for the semester.
By now organizations are sending follow-up emails to aspiring and new members about general body meetings, volunteer sign-ups, and more. And we all know loads of information, especially emails, can get overwhelming, so here are three things to consider when choosing the perfect student organization for you:
1. Be yourself or be yourself.
Surround yourself around people who make you comfortable enough to be yourself! Students organizations will demand a large amount of your time and energy, so the last thing you want to do is hold back who you are and what you like.
My obsession with pineapple figures brought me to the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality table. Pineapples are symbolic for welcome, friendship and hospitality. I was greeted with all three as I talked with these students about my craze for pineapples and how I will be getting involved with their organization after our friendly meeting.
2. Make the world a better place.
Student organizations take their purpose to impact campus seriously, and so should you! Join a group whose efforts are to make Georgia State University and the city of Atlanta a better place in a way that’s special to you.
One of my goals this semester is to volunteer with an organization at least twice a month. Georgia State’s YMCA had so many community service opportunities that I will definitely bring my friends along, too.
3. Take your resume to the next level.
When was the last time you updated your resume? If your answer wasn’t within the last six months to a year then it’s about that time that you do. Keep in mind employers will favor any professional experience you have that relates to the position at hand.
The Georgia State Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ-GSU) is geared towards minority students pursuing a degree in journalism. It was in this organization that I moved up in position from a student member to the Director of Public Relations to enhance my media ethics and experience. And look, I spotted myself on the tri-board while walking through the stadium.
Now that you know what to look for in an organization get involved and let us know how it goes! For more information about how to get involved in a student organization, visit Panther Involvement Network (PIN).