Students Associations in College
Recruiters like students who get involved with student associations. But very much like contacts, business cards and grades, being in a student association is only beneficial if you maximize the opportunity. Many students fall in the trap of using student associations solely to their own advantage. They tend to use the contacts they make at companies for their own subsequent job search. Professor relationships are used to secure letters for this and that. Important information about opportunities and events are usually kept private between association members. Do you seek a career in politics or in business? If you chose the latter, share what you know.
Inequality and injustice are prevalent in society. If you wish to make a positive difference instead of dwelling on the bad and the ugly, then how well you use student associations as a vehicle will determine what you will accomplish in your life.
Please The Masses
What you must remember is that you represent all students, not just your friends and those you wish to impress. In business, they advise you to focus on a niche market as opposed to blasting a message to everyone. In politics, you need critical mass to emerge victorious.
Cater To The Niches
Organizing events that benefit a large number of students at once is hard to do. What you should do is segment different groups and find out how you can make each one happy. Organize events by interest, time and number of attendees. Invite those that the event is targeting but keep slots open for outsiders.
What are you trying to achieve? Make sure that you know what you are going after to ensure that you reach your goal.
Academia is nice and dandy but your primary function should be to extend an olive branch to industry. If you are fortunate enough to go to a top business school, firms will come to you. But if you are in the majority, you will have to go after the top firms. Reaching firms will make you stand out as a good marketer.
Talent is omnipresent, not just at the top schools. After all, Duke University and the University of North Carolina may be elite basketball programs, but one of the most dominant players in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Shaquille O'Neal, hails from Louisiana State University. Other notable anomalies include Julius Erving, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and Hakeem Olajuwon of the University of Houston.