When dozens of qualified people apply for the same job, how does an employer choose? “I look for tie breakers,” a representative of a major corporation said. “I look for people with demonstrated leadership, communication skills and job experience.”
That’s a familiar concept to students in the NDSU College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources. Students here are taught that there are four things they can do to foster their own success at the university: 1) go to class and study, 2) join some clubs in order to learn teamwork, leadership and to build your network of friends, 3) get to know faculty and staff outside of the classroom, and 4) have fun. Student organizations obviously contribute to the second item but also provide great opportunities that contribute to the third and fourth items.
Of course there’s much more to be gained from involvement in student organizations than an entry on your résumé. Student groups are a great way to meet people with similar interests and to have a good time. You can get to know upperclassmen who can provide good information about courses, instructors and campus life. You can interact with faculty and staff outside of the classroom, and they can become references in your job applications and will, in many cases, become your lifelong friends. You can meet professionals who work in your field, take field trips and travel to regional and national meetings and competitions, and gain confidence through improved organizational, leadership and communication skills.
The College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources sponsors over 30 student organizations. NDSU has many additional organizations, committees and activities, and many College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources students are active in them as well. One good way to learn about all the student organizations is to attend the Student Involvement Expo at the beginning of each semester.
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North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university. NDSU Agricultural Affairs educates students with interests in agriculture, food systems and natural resources; fosters communities through partnerships that educate the public; provides creative, cost-effective solutions to current problems; and pursues fundamental and applied research to help shape a better world.