Hi all! This is Emily, again. I’m a junior majoring in journalism from the Twin Cities area. This past weekend, I hung out in Des Moines with a bunch of photographers, models and fashionistas who are all a part of Trend Magazine, which is a completely student-run fashion magazine right here on our Iowa State campus. I’ve been involved with Trend since my very first semester at ISU and have loved getting more and more involved with it each semester. So, if there’s any advice I’d have to give it’s probably what you’ve heard every single day: get involved. But, seriously. GET INVOLVED.
As the semester is rounding the halfway bend, it’s time to start thinking about clubs you may want to join next semester or if you want a larger role in a club you’re already in. If you’re contemplating either of these thoughts, consider the following tips:
- Pick something you’re interested and run with it. If you decide you don’t like it anymore, try something else. I’ve worked on other student publications before but found out Trend fit me best. It’s completely fine to try something one year and drop it the next. The most important thing is that you get something out of whatever you joined and you enjoy what you’re investing so much time into.
- Speaking of you, don’t just join a club because your friends did. Yes, the college experience is about creating lifelong relationships but it’s also about finding out who you really are. How will you do that in the pre-vet club when you’re actually interested in helping children battle cancer? Plus, the clubs you’re interested in have people that are also interested in the same things you’re interested in. Do you see what I’m getting at?
- If you want a leadership position, work at it. You won’t automatically get one just because you say you’d do a good job. You have to show it. Attend the meetings and put effort in once you’re there. Offer your opinion and ideas when they’re asked of and consult someone when you have questions. When the time comes, don’t be afraid to apply for a leadership position (even if you’re a freshman). You never know what might happen!
So, soak yourself into something (or two or three things) you’re passionate about either inside or outside of your major. As long as you gain meaningful experience and make friends, your hard work will show success. Happy club hunting!
My co-editor and I tried to model this weekend, but I think it’s safe to say we’ll stick to the editing from now on. Keep an eye out for the next issue of Trend coming out at the end of the semester and maybe you’ll see this scene somewhere!