Leadership in Action
Getting involved on campus and in your community can be one of the most important things you can do to improve your leadership skills. It is not only important to learn about leadership skills but it is also important to practice those skills. Participating in groups helps you learn how to plan events and how to work with people that are different than you. There are many opportunities available both on campus and in your community so you should be able to find something that interests you.
Participating in recognized campus organizations is a great way to meet people and gain experience while developing your leadership skills. Campuses have many opportunities for student involvement. Below are some examples of what your school may offer. Check out the resources at your school to learn what specific options are available.
Athletics and Intramurals
This area can provide opportunities related to sports and activities. Often there are varying levels of competitiveness so there is something for the serious athletes as well as for the casual participants. If you enjoy participating in individual or team sports, there may be an opportunity for you.
Clubs and Organizations
Most campuses have many recognized student groups called organizations or clubs. These groups are run by students with the help of campus professionals. Being involved with a campus student group is a good way to meet people, learn how to coordinate events and you may have a chance to take on an officer position. You should choose a group that you are interested in and challenge yourself to be an active participant.
The programming organization on your campus provides the opportunity for students to help professional staff members to plan large scale campus events. These events will vary from campus to campus but may include speakers, concerts, festivals and other such events.