Starting your own student group

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Starting your own student group

This is a guest post by our campus ambassador Emily Heinbockel from University of Minnesota.
When I first attended my college orientation, and then welcome week, the main thing I got out of them was become involved. And my school has 55,000 people, so it shouldn&t be that hard to find a student group to join, right? Wrong. There were a few that caught my interest but then I went to a meeting and then realized that it wasn&t really for me. After joining the intern queen, I saw that one of the other members was on her school&s fashion magazine. I searched for a long time on my school&s student group website, and we had some magazines on campus but no fashion magazine, which I thought was weird, the state with the largest and oldest mall in the country and 55,000 students, a lot of whom have good style.
So my friend and I went out to lunch and spoke about starting one up. We needed 5 members to become a student group, so we each got a few of our friends who were interested. Starting a student group on campus is really easy, well at least our process was. We just had to write up a constitution, sign a few forms, and go to a meeting.
Starting your own group is also a lot of work though, but has a lot of benefits. After we became the group officially we had to get our group out there, we missed all the big student fairs on campus this year, so we emailed teachers in the english, art, fashion, journalism departments to post our flyer before class, and most were very nice and receptive about it and we got a lot of emails from interested students. Another thing that needs to be considered is money, luckily for us, our school offers tons of ways we can fundraise on campus, but we still will need to think outside the box, as it is a bit of money to print a magazine.
There are so many positives about starting a group. As in my case, I get to spend my time and work on a fashion magazine. That means I get to learn a lot about fashion and magazines, which is something I am really interested in working in after college. Also I get to meet and hang out with other girls and guys like me who I know will be my friends for a while to come. I&ve meet people who I never even thought I would have so much in common with. Also it is awesome that I started a magazine with a few friends, which is really a challenge but I get to really push myself to do things I have never done and I get to learn a lot more than if I were to just join an already existing magazine.
It really is important to get involved in college, and if you are like me and feel like you didn&t fit in with any of the groups on campus already, it may benefit you to start your own group. I would really recommend it, as we just began the magazine in January, and I already feel like it has made me more well rounded and I can&t wait for our first issue next fall. If you want to start your own group but have some questions feel free to contact me!