The Benefits of Joining On-Campus Clubs
This blog post was written by Alexandra Salas, our Campus Ambassador from Towson University.
Schools have clubs for everything nowadays. You should join a club that is related to your major in order to learn beyond the classroom. It also gives you the opportunity to network with people, which is always great. You should also join a club that you are passionate about. All these organizations are great resume builders and can help make new friends and connections.
For all you Mass Comm students out there, you should check out your schools different tracks clubs and organizations. You never know what you might find. Sophomore year, I joined the TU PR Group at Towson. This group is comprised of one student run group, and two professional groups such as The Public Relations Society of American (PRSSA) and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). This organization is such an awesome group to be apart of. From guest speakers, to resume building, to networking events this group is always teaching me something. This group is the one that brought Lauren to our campus last December!
The PR Group helps students become more professional. The more you put into the group, the more you get out of it. I really enjoy being apart of this group because of everything we do. Last spring, we toured the Raven’s Training Camp in Owings Mills, Maryland. A few months ago we volunteered at ShopRite for their Bag Hunger event, and every year we put together the Career Networking Fair in April. The group elects student officers, and meets every week. This year I am the Professional Group Coordinator, which means I work with other groups similar to ours to host events.
Another group in our track is the Advertising Group. This group is associated with American Advertising Federation. I am not personally in this group, but they build themselves professionally by learning network skills, developing personal brands on social media, and how to make the most out of what you learn in class. Kelsey BaRoss, Secretary of this group said, “We go on advertising agency tours, and attend networking events, and advertising conferences to learn from the professionals and make professional contacts.”
A group that I was involved with my freshmen and sophomore years was the Campus Activities Board (CAB). Most schools have some type of organization that plans major events for the whole school. CAB is the programming branch of the Student Government Association. They plan various events including smaller events such as a Coffeehouse night, or Comedy night. Bigger events include the Homecoming Concert and Tigerfest, our school’s spring concert every year. Most of the events are free, and a lot of fun. CAB taught me how to work and promote the events, and I think this a really good club if you want to be an Event Planner.