DAY 6: Get Involved in One or More Organizations on Campus
The opportunities to test your leadership skills in college are endless. As a Legend, we’re looking for you to put yourself in the best possible scenario for success. Through involvement, your interpersonal skills, talents, and general badassery will continue to move in a positive direction.
So where should you start? Great question! Most of the time, because there are so many opportunities, picking one can be rather overwhelming.
But revel this: instead of involvement, think of it as campus power. There are 5–10 organizations on campus you could get involved in, climb up the ranks, and actually become a significant power-figure on your campus. And, by the way, this is power that you can not buy. How awesome does that sound?
We know you want to become influential. We’re glad you’re on board.
No worries — let us help you with this. We strongly recommend you cover three areas of development as you are looking to get involved:
An Organization that will Benefit you Professionally
This one is a no-brainer. Of course you want a group that can not only give you a taste of your desired profession, but also pad the stats on your resume. Several ideas:
- College-specific fraternities (i.e. — a business, engineering, medical, law, etc. fraternity) — added bonus: get into a leadership position and you basically are getting experience running a small business.
- Co-op programs
- Internships, both paid and unpaid (definitely a must! Ask your college office or favorite professor about opportunities)
- A service-based organization (i.e. — community service or philanthropic related)
An Organization that will Benefit you Academically
Performing well in school is literally your job. Let me reiterate: when you’re asked for your profession, you would tell them you’re a full-time student, correct? Yes, a.k.a. it’s your job. And really the only quantitative performance metric for a college student is what? That’s right, your G.P.A. — not how many all-nighters you pulled, tests that were unfair, or whatever unfortunate circumstances that came your way… but the bottom line, your grades. Fortunately, there are many organizations specifically designed to ensure you have all the resources you need to perform well in the classroom:
- College Honorary Societies (every college on your campus should have one)
- Teacher’s Assistant Program (ask your college office or favorite professor about opportunities)
- Tutoring Programs (if you’re lucky, you can look into and acquire a spot on the athletic tutoring team, and tutor the collegiate stars from your university’s athletic program)
- College-Specific Advisor’s Assistant (guess who gets to pick the schedule they want?)
An Organization that will Benefit you Socially
We are social beings, and making friends in college will make you happy. There are many social engagements in college, but we can take it one step further and join a cause bigger than ourselves. We are a little biased toward Greek Organizations, as most of the LC’s staff are fraternity men, but there are tons of social groups out there:
- Fraternities (I would advocate Greek Life to anyone, it’s an exceptional experience, just make sure you stay away from the “Animal Houses”, that’s not what being in a fraternity is about)
- Student Government (“yeah, I’ll take one status symbol, please”)
- Clubs, Interest Groups, and Hobby Related Gatherings (one of these for anything you can think of, I found a tri-bacon club once…)
And if you can’t find one that interests you, be a Champion and create one. Any way you can become more visible on campus, the closer you will be on your way to becoming a Legend on your campus.
Over the next month, be on the lookout for your new challenge every day — you can also follow the updated series of posts here.
Also, be sure to print out and hang up your Challenge Checklist so you can keep track. You’ll get a sneak peak at what’s to come, but can get further details with the post associated with each day.
Remember, legends are constantly improving themselves, so it’s up to you to work hard in accomplishing each daily task to help you become the legend on your campus.
Were there any we missed? Have you had experience creating an organization? We want to hear about it. Please keep us updated on your efforts in the comments below!