Involvement Matters

Hi! My name is Zoey Stickler and I am 23 years old. I recently graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan and received my Bachelor’s in Business Management. I also attended cosmetology school and have had my license for 4 years. Since graduating college, I’ve been transitioning from a hair stylist to a business professional.

When I first started college I thought it was going to be a breeze. I was definitely wrong! For the first two years, I went to class and went straight home. I didn’t talk to anyone and wasn’t involved at all. After those two years I realized that I wasn’t making anything out of my college career. I needed to get involved and make some connections before graduating.

I ended up joining a business fraternity and it was one of the best decisions I had ever made. There were many positive aspects of joining an organization like a fraternity. The first and most obvious one is the friends that you make. Everyone in the fraternity had similar interests because everyone was a business major. This caused an instant connection to the people there (I’m even engaged to one of the members!).

Another positive aspect, still having to do with friends, is that you now have friends in your classes. If you’re anything like me, you don’t have any friends in your classes. Upon joining the organization, I realized that the people in my fraternity were also in my classes. This made classes significantly easier because I had someone to help me with homework and I had people to work with for those dreaded group projects! Now having friends in my classes and people to help me, my GPA went up from a 2.8 to a 3.3. Even if you don’t get anything else out of joining a school organization, at least you made some good friends and have people to talk to while you’re at school.

The final positive thing about joining an organization is the networking possibilities. Because my fraternity was a business professional fraternity, we got to have meetings with real business professionals as well as take tours of local businesses. This really opened my eyes to the professional world and taught me things that I never knew about businesses. It made me really excited to get out there and find a good job and because of my involvement in the fraternity, it gives me an advantage in the business world.

For those of you wanting to get college over with as fast and easily as you can, rethink your strategy. College is meant to be a fun and exciting time in your life, not something you try to skip through. I barely even remember my first two years of college because of my lack of involvement. I am so glad that I decided to get involved, even if it was only for two years. I’ve made lifelong friends, met my fiancé, and have created business connections that I never would’ve gotten on my own. Please take my advice and get involved, even if it’s just finding a good group of friends. Don’t let the fun of college slip through your fingers.

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