Why You Should Join a Student Organization
Going to college is an exciting time. It's a time filled with new experiences, relationships, and possibilities. As a student of Ashford University, you'll have the opportunity to experience these things firsthand.
One of the most rewarding experiences offered to our students comes in the form of student organizations. Ashford University offers a wide range of organizations, but why should you join?
This post is going to introduce you to the various student organizations at Ashford and discuss some of the top reasons why you should consider joining one.
Increase Your Networking Skills
When you join a student organization, you're automatically granted the opportunity to engage with faculty, share innovative ideas, network, and develop higher level thinking with like-minded individuals.
Even the act of joining can lead to networking possibilities. A lot of student organizations require you to reach out to current club officers if you're interested in joining. This step allows you to meet and mingle with people who share the same interests as you, and it's an excellent way to network and build lasting relationships.
Additionally, when you're active in a student organization, people take notice. It’s a great way for you to showcase your skills and accolades to other members within the organization.
Expand Your Knowledge of a Specific Topic
The transfer of knowledge is rooted in the college experience. However, by joining a student organization, you're giving yourself the opportunity to expand your knowledge of a particular topic.
For example, the Forbes School of Business and Technology™ Human Resources Management Club provides an area for students, alumni, faculty, and other stakeholders to discuss relevant Human Resources concepts, trends, theories, and ideas.
The collective wisdom of a student organization presents you with a unique opportunity to engage and learn from thought leaders within your area of interest. Be sure to take advantage of this excellent way to expand your knowledge and grow.
Discover Career Opportunities
Every student organization at Ashford University is filled with an eclectic group of individuals. You'll run into students, faculty, alumni, and various stakeholders once you join a student organization.
In addition to networking with your peers, joining an organization could lead to professional advancement. Take, for example, the Online Psychology Club. Their mission is to provide students with information relevant to graduate school, career opportunities, research, and leadership opportunities at Ashford.
This type of information gives you exclusive access to things that aren't available to the general public which could lead to new career opportunities. This advantage is just one of the many to being an active member of a student organization.
Gain Leadership Skills
Becoming a member of a student organization is great, but it doesn't stop there. You'll also have the opportunity to become a leader, officer, or admin depending on the club you join.
For example, the Psychology Club provides opportunities to attend lectures, social events, and networking opportunities for its members. These types of events all serve as ways for you to build upon your leadership skill set.
Ultimately, student organizations are designed to bring students together. By providing a forum for like-minded individuals, student organizations foster networking, forge relationships, and provide new opportunities for anyone who's willing to join. So, what are you waiting for?
Written by Ben Cummings, Digital Marketing Specialist for Bridgepoint Education.