By: Kaitlyn ‘KP’ Patrick
Leadership, Leadership, Leadership. We hear about it all the time. It is something we see in others and it sometimes fires our own ambitions or it is something we take on naturally because it seems to be programmed into our brains. However, I feel both of those are true for myself.
As an aspiring PR busy-body, I am inspired by others’ passion and involvement. Those individuals make me become a more well-rounded leader because I am open to exploring different avenues. This has been recognized by my colleagues and it has inspired many others to become more involved. I naturally have taken on leadership roles since I was a freshman in college and it has truly shaped me into the young woman I am today. It has led to countless opportunities I never would have experienced if I didn’t expand my horizons. I am here to tell you, YOU CAN DO THIS TOO!
There is something for everyone: going Greek, playing an intramural/club sport, joining an organization that’s based off your major, or creating your own. Every university has a “student friendly” center that allows you to find these opportunities, which generally leads to networking opportunities. “
Network, Network, Network. This is another concept that is drilled into our heads that is vital in our area of expertise. These people [professionals, professors, bloggers, etc.] are right; GET MOTIVATED AND GET INVOLVED! Don’t know how? Let me break this down for you:
1. Do your research.
Universities have a hub of some sort that will have a collective database that holds all the student organizations. Look into them, read about them, Wikipedia them, contact the presidents, etc. Search what interest you may have and see if there is an organization that is compatible with them.
2. Attend campus events.
Attend an event and talk to the people that coordinated it. This will help you get a feel of what organization on campus do and if that is something that interests you. Read those campus flyers as you pass through the quad or the different collegiate buildings. They may have a student organization flyer that interests you. After all, that’s how I went Greek: I saw the recruitment flyer, wrote down the dates and thought “maybe this will help me meet people” and it did. (Side note: if you’re nervous, take a friend. They’re supportive and more than willing to go 99% of the time).
3. Step outside your comfort zone.
Everyone has one. Be outgoing, throw your smile and people, and introduce yourself. This is where those elevator speeches and thirty-second “self-sell” speeches come in handy. As you’re talking to those people that coordinated an event, ask when their student organization meetings are and go to them. Then ask yourself, “is this something I can invest my time in?” If so, stay!
4. “Love what you do”
Ferris’ entire PR program is built around this motto. We learn it, love it, breathe it and be it. If you love the organization you’re involved in it will take you places. You will gain experience, friendships and those networking opportunities. It will not feel like a chore or “just something to have on your resume”; it will truly be worth your while. Think of it as an investment.
For Ferris students, you can find more information via our Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services at www.ferris.edu/careerservices or check out your OrgSync by using your search bar.
Hope this helps you #PRpeeps and Bulldogs out there. Happy findings!