Although we may be busy with our day-to-day schedules from school and homework it is important not to neglect expanding our scope activities beyond the classroom. Getting involved in a student organization can provide numerous benefits to your college experience and help you in the future. Here are some examples of why joining a student organization is one of the best decisions a college student can make.
Building your resume
For some of you, crafting a resume may not seem like something you’ll have to do for a while but as with anything it helps to start early. Being able to add that you participated in an extracurricular activity is something that employers value. However, choosing the right student group is vital as well since a group like the gaming club will not have as much weight on your resume as the accounting club. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t join both but rather that one is geared more toward a career track. If the group you pick is related to your major then it’s even better because it’ll show that you’re serious about your career.
Meeting new people
One great aspect of the college experience is the amount of people that you could potentially meet that are in the same shoes you are in. You can have the opportunity to meet some of those people at a student organization. Building relationships that can become professional contacts is a great way to prepare you for the job hunt and hopefully the workplace.
Networking with professionals
Some student organization host speakers and have professionals come in to network with students which can put you ahead of other students and give you a first hand look at what options may be available in the future.
If you are worried that involvement in one or more student groups may hinder your schoolwork then rest assured because studies show that most of the time it actually helps you in school. Time management and focus had a great deal to do with improving your academic performance.
Joining a student organization doesn’t have to be all work and no play; join something that you enjoy but can also benefit you in the future. And with UMD boasting over 250 student organizations there is something for everybody.
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