Education tips for college students

Star Cherry is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Mathematics, Spanish Language, and Physics. She has acted as Chairperson of Recreation and Publicity for the Student Government Association, President, Treasurer, and Editor of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, and is a member of The Society of Women Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Math Club, and Spanish Club.

As a senior in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, I have found that a majority of my peers tend to follow a similar path- the same engineering classes and engineering clubs- and, while there is nothing wrong with this, the uniformity of it all tends to develop the same skill sets rather than the full spectrum of opportunity to grow that a university offers. In my college career, I chose to to be the Chairperson of Recreation and Publicity for the Student Government Association, President and Treasurer of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, and a member of Spanish Club, Math Club, the Society of Women Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, as well as being in the process of co-founding a non-profit outdoor conservation society. The diversity in skills that I have developed has improved my overall performance in school as well as in my professional career due to the fact that I have been influenced by ideas of students and professors with different strengths and expertise. My leadership positions in my sorority and the student government taught me to delegate and act as a leader, strengthened my communication skills, and provided an environment in which I grew as a professional. Spanish club strengthened my attention to detail, my language skills, and provided me with new study skills and habits. My engineering societies and math club provided additional support with the classes of my major and strengthened my confidence in my understanding of the material. In all, each was invaluable to my growth as an individual. When you extend yourself to clubs that differ in subjects of interest, you open yourself to be influenced by a larger group of individuals with different skills, opinions, and ideas and allow yourself to see multiple perspectives when approaching a challenge. The ability to approach a task with multiple perspectives is highly regarded by employers because the ability to think out of the box generates creativity and ingenuity and separates your resume from those that display a single path. No matter what year you are in college, in order to set yourself apart from your classmates I recommend this:
1) Diversify.
2) Join EVERY club that interests you.
3) Open yourself to the ideas of others- each person has a different outlook that you can learn from!
4) Put your heart into what you do and influence others with your work.

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