Aztecs, stop slacking and get involved on campus

by Hannah Willis, Contributor

College is suppose to help you get a job, right?

Well, nowadays with the numerous college graduates submitting resumes in hopes of finding that truly “grown-up” job, the competition has become competitive.

Employers are seeking resumes that stick out from the crowd, employ some sort of creativity or display qualities that resonate with the company’s attitudes and beliefs.

One reason someone might get hired over another is based on his or her extracurricular activities while in school. While you’re still in college, it’s advised to become more active on campus in order to enhance your resume, a beneficial recommendation that you’ll thank me for in the future.

There are many ways to participate on campus.

For starters, joining Associated Students, San Diego State University’s independent, student-run government, provides countless opportunities for students to boost their resumes.

This association conditions students to display their leadership qualities, their ability to successfully work in a team, and to demonstrate their responsibility in a professional environment—all of which look impressive on a resume.

But, if student-run government isn’t your thing, there are always the multiple clubs offered here on campus. In fact, there are over “200 clubs and organizations on campus, there is literally something for everyone,” according to the student life section of the SDSU website.

Most likely, there is a club based on your major!

Not only does joining a club allow students to network and meet people with similar interests, but it also teaches students to become involved with something they are passionate about, an attribute employers look for.

Being involved on campus can include an assortment of fun things, including being active in a fraternity or a sorority.

With roughly 40 greek life organizations, there are endless ways to demonstrate your most favorable characteristics.

Especially since SDSU’s fraternities and sororities aim to instill “values and ethics that foster the highest ideals and behavior,” according to the SDSU Greek Life homepage.

They also facilitate a multitude of events, allowing students to exhibit their administrative capabilities, which will come in handy when they apply to their dream job.

Lastly, if you’re into writing, The Daily Aztec, SDSU’s independent student-run newspaper, provides a great outlet for you to display your creative and literary skills.

With various sections, such as the life and style, sports, news and opinion, there is bound to be an interesting subject worth writing about. Also, with required deadlines for articles, it teaches students to be accountable and the importance of time-management, which are required virtues for most professional positions.

Simply, what I’m saying is to become active while you still can!

Employers look for students who are involved on their campus and convey some sort of qualified experience.

“Prospective employers want dynamic go-getters that can multitask and perform well in a variety of capacities,” said Amanda Elser in her article for USA Today. “And when it comes down to it, the more you are involved in, the more you would have to talk about in an interview.”

Also, not being involved on campus could prove to be displeasing to your resume.

“There are opportunities everywhere,” said Lea Goldman, Deputy Editor at Marie Claire Magazine. “There is no excuse.”

Applicants interested in writing are usually turned off by their lack of experience, said Goldman.

With all that being said, I urge you to find something you’re passionate about on campus, and look for opportunities to become involved. After all, you might enjoy it more than you think and your resume will look more enticing to future employers.

That’s what I call a win-win.