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Benefits of Student Organization Involvement

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When asking college seniors what is one thing they wish they did differently throughout their college experience, their answer is often that they wish they would’ve gotten more involved and gotten involved earlier. It is important to take advantage of the many resources that are at our disposal just by being students at The Ohio State University. There is a plethora of ways you can do this—one of which is getting and staying involved in student organizations. Many of the organizations are major specific or career related and can be extremely beneficial as you navigate college and the search for career opportunities. Specifically housed within the Community, Access, Retention, and Empowerment (CARE) office are organizations related to fostering the growth and development of underrepresented groups in engineering and architecture. Want to get involved? Review the list of engineering and architecture organizations at Ohio State. 

Below are some of the most important reasons and benefits for joining student organizations while in college.

Networking

Getting involved in organizations allows you to meet people with different backgrounds and experiences. Organizations provide a space where you can engage in more personal interactions and increase the volume of opportunities that are available to you. Additionally, academic-related student organizations often have chapters nationwide. So, in addition to being able to connect with the people here on campus and in Columbus, you may also have access to members in locations all around the country. You will be able to leverage their resources and expertise, maximizing your opportunities for growth, mentorship, and success.

Professional Development & Career Opportunities

Student organizations also provide numerous opportunities for professional growth, offering many workshops and sessions devoted to students’ personal and professional success. Whether it's resume advice, preparation for grad school, company sessions, leadership development, or working on project teams, these organizations can expose you to essential tools and knowledge needed to navigate college and professional life afterwards successfully. Furthermore, many of these organizations hold conferences that include networking sessions and career fairs. Taking advantage of these are extremely important for your success because those companies are looking to hire specifically from that organization. Just by attending meetings and conferences with the chapter, you put yourself in a position to potentially receive job and internship opportunities.

Community

Beyond professional development, student organizations foster a sense of belonging and community among their members. Whether it is commonality through demographic, career interests, major, or just similar hobbies, these organizations serve as safe spaces where people can share experiences, seek advice, and build meaningful relationships with peers. If you join an organization with other people in your major, you can form study groups and/or get advice on scheduling, professors, and courses. The support system that comes out of these organizations not only alleviates the stresses of academic life but also empowers groups to strive for excellence together in personal and professional endeavors. Lastly, these connections often extend beyond graduation, forming lifelong friendships and professional networks that will continue to enrich your career and life overall.

“There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.” - Idowu Koyenikan