NancyLea Illsley—Being a part of SUNY Brockport is so much more than being a student. It’s being a leader, a co-worker, a friend, a mentor, a tutor — anything you always wished you could be, you can be right here on campus.
Ever since I was in high school I felt the desire to be involved with clubs and organizations on campus. This helped me know what events were happening and gave me the sense of leadership I so desired. Just being a part of a club was never enough for me; I always tried to hold some kind of position to have a say in what was going to happen. I currently hold a position in two clubs on campus, the Vice President of Finance Club and the Secretary of Marketing Club.
Being involved here at Brockport is a little different than when I was involved with the campus at Delhi. That was a much smaller school so all of the clubs were closer in hosting events and doing other activities, there was a lot more collaboration and communication. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of collaborating clubs here but not as many. There are also a significant amount more clubs here too. There is so much to choose from.
You can join anything that piques your interest, from what you’re majoring in, to your all-time favorite hobbies. There are even clubs on campus just for stress relief. Don’t let the idea of being around a bunch of people you don’t know scare you because trust me some of these people you meet might become your best friends. When joining a club you don’t have to be too involved, just going to weekly meetings and keeping in touch to know what’s going on. They make it really easy to know what’s going on in a club here at Brockport through the MyBrockport page which you can reach through the Quick Links tab on the Brockport website. (my.brockport.edu)
There is so much opportunity in joining a club, from internship opportunities to learning things you would have never known. So many clubs take trips to places you’ve probably never been before. Also, believe it or not, joining a club/ organization helps increase your network for when you leave school. You want a job opportunity at a certain company? You are more willing to land a job knowing a person from a club rather than only knowing them from a class. You are more likely to make a personal connection with somebody by joining a club and personal connections equal personal job opportunities.
Another reason you should join a club/ organization is, it can increase your leadership skills and in turn increase your confidence. For example, I am a part of Marketing Club and at the beginning of the semester, the whole club sat in silence while the president said what he had to say. He would ask anyone for questions or input and he’d get silence in return. Last week we had a meeting about fundraising ideas and everybody got involved, shouting out all kinds of ideas — some good and some not so good, but they were getting involved. These club members didn’t have the confidence to speak at the beginning but knowing that we wanted their involvement helped significantly.
So when you’re sitting around bored with no friends around, wondering what your next move is, think about joining a club. Get involved, build your leadership, become the person you’ve always wanted to be.