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Student Involvement and Networking in College

Aubrey Grier -- If you want to jump-start your career, network while you're in school. There are plenty of opportunities, on and off campus, to meet people in the industry, grasp real life situations, and understand where you might want to be headed.

Networking in college. For some students, this may mean finding new people to buy them drinks at a bar on Friday night. For others, this means getting involved in clubs/organizations, activities, and events on and off campus during their undergraduate career. Involvement through Greek life and clubs is probably the most popular way for students to meet other students, to get their name out on campus, and to network throughout the university. However, community service and events throughout the community are also a very important part getting involved.

Go Greek. The first week of the new school year, every campus will be packed with banners and students directing everyone to "GO GREEK". But what exactly does going Greek mean? When a student decides to join a Greek organization, they are joining this for life; they are joining a lifelong networking opportunity. Being a part of fraternity and sorority life does not only mean that you are connected to other Greek individuals, but to everyone else in the university. Greek students take part in almost all on campus activities and most are in other extra-curricular clubs and organizations. This is one of the best ways to get involved, because you are becoming involved with everything in the heart of campus.

As I said before, there are other organizations on campus besides just fraternities and sororities. There are clubs for every type of hobby, subject, or sport a person can imagine. These extra-curricular clubs help students become connected with all sorts of other students, specifically others that are interested in the same things. These clubs can be academic, such as finance club or chemistry club, and help students better understand topics that they are interested in. The finance club is typically for finance majors, but anyone who is interested can join. There are also clubs such as the Campus Activities Board or the Student Government Association that are directly in the heart of campus, just like Greek life.

Wherever a campus is located, there are usually events all throughout the city or town that are directed towards students or reach out for student involvement. Most of these events or activities, students can receive community service for but also get their name out in the community and really get a feel for what they would like to do. I specifically suggest community events for hospitality, public relations, or business majors because they help a student get a feel for what kind of work they would like to be doing after they graduate. This also helps students meet professionals throughout the area that they can keep in touch with.

In college, a student is obviously paying all this money and spending all this time to learn and get good grades; however, the best way to learn is by getting your foot in the water and reaching out. In many professions, such as any business major, getting a career started relies almost completely, on whom a person knows. It is better to start networking in college so that you already understand where you might want to be headed and to give you some job security before graduation. Students should get out in the world, get to know people, and become involved; the best possible way to learn how to survive in the real world is to understand real life situations, which can be achieved through networking.

Source: Ezinearticles.

© 2017 Aubrey Grier

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