I cannot stress how important it is to become active in a writing/reading focused college club. I constantly hear how an English degree is useless outside of academics and honestly, it can be, when you fail to employ your skills.
My first year of college consisted of me simply going to and from class. I was free floating, trying to figure out what I was going to do for the rest of my life and how to use this future degree. That is, until I joined San Bernardino Valley College’s (SBVC) English club. We named it, The Writers’ Block. Everyone from the previous year of the club had graduated and it was complete chaos. In the first club meeting I had ever attended, I was made Club Council Representative. From our president down to our treasurer, everyone was as green as we could be, looking at our club advisors like we were deers in the headlights.
Yet, we somehow managed to make it work. As the CC Rep., I worked with other club reps. deligating campus club policies, distribution of club council funds, event planning, and etc. Later on, I eventually become club treasurer and after that club president. While I was working in these positions I was employing my skills as an English major.
- Critical Thinking
- Organization & Time Management
- Editing & Proofreading
- Originality & Creativity
- Independence & Collegiality
I learned how to use my skills here while building connections with friends and colleagues. If it wasn’t for The Writers’ Block, I wouldn’t have earned my scholarships at SBVC or had amazing recommendation letters from our advisors. My experience here landed me a job at an entrepreneurship center in university.
My point is, get involved. Use your college clubs as stepping stones in your career path and you might find yourself somewhere you could have never imagined you could be.