Monday, March 24, 2008

Get Ahead: Join A Student Organization

I'm in my fourth year of college, and I've just discovered something: Student Groups. I figure I may be well behind the curve on this discovery, but if your like me, and you haven't realized the potential benefits of joining a student organization on campus, keep reading.

I'm interested in developing a career in television one day. The majority of my accomplishments which would lead me toward this goal are the day dreams I have while in a class about Victorian Literature (I went the romantic route and decided on an English major). Recently, a friend invited me to a meeting for a group called Student Video Productions.

And boy, how it hit me, when I realized how much I'd been missing out.

The group was filled with my peers, all interested in developing programs and, well, video productions. They offered oppurtunities to create and produce shows that actually air on T.V. Not only that, but they offer an array of services. They have a vast amount of cameras available to rent, as well as people who are willing to teach you to utilize all of their capabilities.

Forgive me if I seem naive, but this was all too good to be true.

I came to realize all of the oppurtunities associated with joining a student group, as well as the potential resume builders. Student Video Productions boasts a budget of more than $50,000. The treasurer is sure going to have something to brag about.

In addition to all the practical aspects of joining such a group, it's also just a lot of fun. There are people there who share similar interests, and you get to immerse yourself in your own passions and potentially find new ones.


Michael Henreckson said...

You're discovering that there is strength in numbers. In many cases it's a lot easier to get things done when you have more people and resources available.
"It's not what you know, it's who you know." Simple statement, but a little difficult to put into action sometimes. I can tend to be too focused on just getting things done. Like yourself I've rarely joined in with those extra-curricular groups and participated. I've probably been missing out.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe it -- I did the same thing. When I was in school - poli-sci - pre-law -- they started a student TV group and that literally changed my life -- i did not go to law school - instead I went into TV. Those "extra-curricular" choices sometimes become "essential curricular" choices!

Rachel said...

I held off on joining student organizations in college until my junior year. I really can't believe I waited that long. I've met some people who have become my closest friends, and I've developed my skills and interests.

Have fun with Student Video Productions!