One of the biggest pieces of advice from successful Fulton Schools students is to get involved.
But what exactly does that mean? In many cases it is as simple as thinking about your personal interests and finding a student-based organization that works in that area.
Here are 5 things to know about student organizations and why you should become involved.
What’s a student organization?
A student organization is an organized group of students who have a common goal and purpose. They typically meet on a regular basis often with professionals in their respective field, work on hands-on projects, host social activities and much more.
Most organizations are registered with ASU’s Student Organization Support so that they are recognized by ASU as a legitimate group of students who are actively involved in the campus. They can also apply for funding to do their activities!
What are the benefits of getting involved?
The organizations provide a way for you to meet like-minded students who are passionate about similar things. Being connected with a student organization helps you build lasting friendships, discover your passions, develop invaluable career skills, become a leader, take part in community service, gain industry connections and have a lot of fun. Research suggests that students who are involved in organizations perform better academically and are more likely to graduate when compared with their non-involved peers.
It’s up to you how involved you want to be. More often than not, you get what you put in. If you’re just showing up for the pizza and soda, you probably won’t gain as much valuable experience. If you’re making an effort to talk with the students and professionals who are involved, you’ll gain a lot more from your time.
How do I find an organization to join?
ASU has more than 1,000 student organizations that you can consider joining. A few great suggestions for checking out the student organizations are listed here.
If you want to join an engineering or technical-based organization, check out the Fulton Student Organization directory. There are currently 55 organizations that call the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering home — ranging from honors and professional associations to groups creating underwater robots, concrete canoes and launching rockets. These groups will help build your engineering and/or technical skills while meeting professionals in the field.
I’ve found a group, but how do I get started?
First, attend a few meetings to get more information about the student organization — what it does, how it works and how you can get involved. Ask questions. Talk with people. Volunteer. Sometimes you can easily connect with members in an organization. That’s great! Sometimes the organization isn’t what you thought it would be. That’s okay. You can stick with it or you can explore other opportunities.
I really like a club I found. Is there any benefit to becoming a club leader?
There are definite advantages to being an elected officer in a student organization, including:
- Leadership skills – managing a group of volunteers is not an easy job but it can be so rewarding.
- Industry connections – Often leaders are the “face” of the organization who interact with industry. This is a great way to network with colleagues and prospective employers in the field.
- Transferable skills – You’re gaining skills that you can use in a variety of roles.
- Hands-on experience – You’re putting engineering and technical theories into practice.
- The opportunity to give back to the community.
For more information, including tips on getting the most out of your student org experience, visit the Fulton Schools Student Organization site at studentorgs.engineering.asu.edu. You can also visit the Fulton Undergraduate Student Engagement office at ECF 130, Tempe campus or email firstname.lastname@example.org.