by Jessica Newlin
Academics are an extremely important aspect of college, but college isn’t only about that. There are other aspects that can help you develop experience, references, and relationships. Student organizations aren’t only available for students to find a hobby or something fun to do. They are there to help students take what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to real world situations.
What's out there for me?
The Pre Law Club exposes individuals who are interested in law to different law schools, different forms of law, and the opportunity to have dinner with known lawyers or judges who are experts in their field. You can ask them questions about their career or law school in general. Another example: the Pen and Ink Society meet once a week to share with each other essays, short stories, and poems individuals have written throughout their early academic lives. Each club -- such as The Business Club, Not for Sale, and The Green Party -- will help you expand your knowledge of something you are specifically interested in and passionate about.
The relationships you’ll form throughout the course of your involvement in student organizations will also be the ones that last throughout your life. Make sure to associate yourself with organizations that reflect who you want to be and your values. No student organization is bad, but there are some that won’t fit well with where you’re going. There’s Spanish Club, French Club, Japanese Club, International Student Organization, Safe Place, Catholic Student Organization, and almost anything else you could be interested in. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, start your own.
So, why should you join?
Student organizations are designed to work along with your classes and build upon each other. Most meet at night after all classes and offer multiple opportunities for leaderships positions. If you ever get the opportunity to be a leader within an organization, take it. Even more opportunities and experience will open up to you as you help others find a home where you did. Don’t be afraid to devote your time and energy to an organization, because there are aspects that you can use on a resume later on. Employers don’t only look for good grades; they also look for experience and passion. Give them that. Get involved.
What organizations are at AC?
Check out this page. Don't see what you're looking for -- or want more information? Sit tight, AC is building a brand new student organizations page, which will be available in about two weeks.
In the meantime, email Katrina Wotten (student activities coordinator) with any questions you may have.