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7 Reasons Student Leadership Is So Much More Than a Line on Your Resume

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Joining a student organization or some form of an extracurricular activity can be a fun way to stay active in campus life, but eventually there’s added pressure and expectations to move higher up in the hierarchy. When exec board elections come around, the decision to run for a position might reflect thoughts along the lines of “well I should probably do this to stand out on my resume and get that internship.”

However, being a student leader is worth so much more than a line of text on a page. While there’s no doubt having authority titles on your C/V is a positive thing to advance your career, it’s not all about how you look on paper. It doesn’t have to be tailored solely to student government positions or academic endeavors, either – unless that’s what you run into.

Whatever involvement piques your interest, here are seven reasons why exploring student leadership roles is one of the most rewarding opportunities you could have.

1. You get to network with incredible individuals. Whether collaborating with your fellow sorority sisters, teammates in an athletic club, or even new friends at a leadership conference, you’re bound to meet inspiring people. After all, great minds think alike.

2. You become more independent. Leadership puts your own strengths and weaknesses to the test, and when you have to rely on yourself to get a job done, you’ll be surprised to see how far you can go.

3. You understand the value of teamwork. At the same time, you’re just one person, and when you work together with other great leaders, everyone wins.

4. You learn you won’t always succeed… and that’s OK. Ask any leader about the obstacles he or she faced along the way, and they’ll more than likely tell you that some degree of failure was a stepping-stone to their success.

5. You become more responsible. It’s true that great power comes with great responsibility, and even if it’s scary or overwhelming now, trust it’ll be one of those life lessons you’re grateful for later.

6. You will leave a legacy. Got a problem? Do something about it. When you do, you’ll get that gratifying feeling of having your voice heard, making a difference and being able to say, “yeah, I did that.”

7. You’ll feel ready to take on anything. As a leader, you’re constantly working toward ambitious goals, so once you transition into a career and adulthood, you’ll be confident enough to perform well when push comes to shove.

These are some of the greatest lessons you can learn outside of the classroom. Want to continue building your leadership skills, or don’t know where to start? Read on for details about an amazing opportunity that is fast approaching.

One of the best ways to become a better leader is by attending a conference, and the Coalition for Collegiate Women’s Leadership has an upcoming event in Georgia that you don’t want to miss!

You can click here to learn more about this year’s CCWL Annual Conference, but we’ll give you a preview of all of the awesomeness you have the chance to be a part of. Taking place Thursday, March 30   through Saturday, April 1, here’s what you can expect:

  • Helpful workshops and uplifting speakers, including Her Campus’ very own co-founder Windsor Hanger Western
  • Make lasting connections with professional leaders and peers
  • Enjoy fun activities like a T-shirt swap, silent auction, and guided workouts
  • Shop exclusive markets and enjoy on-site activations from cool conference sponsors, including the leading cosmetics retailer Ulta Beauty!

This is one of the premier college leadership events. Join us by registering here now – you’ll be glad you did!

Marisa Ross is a proud Gator alumna from the University of Florida's College of Journalism, where she had the privilege of working with the UFL chapter of Her Campus as a writer, blogger, and editor. Shortly after graduating in 2015, she spent some time abroad teaching English in Madrid, Spain, and voluteering with the press team for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Currently, Marisa resides in South Florida and is thrilled to be a part of Her Campus yet again, this time as the Branded Content Specialist for Integrating Marketing with the national team. In her free time, she stays active by training for races, playing volleyball, and doing anything outdoors or on the water. And if she's not daydreaming about her next travel itinerary, she's probably embarking on a cultural adventure to explore new cities, cuisines, and activities.
Meghan Keefe is a senior associate on the integrated marketing team at Her Campus Media. While she was a student at Boston College, she was on the HC BC team and led as a Campus Correspondent for two semesters. After graduating and working for three years in public relations, she decided it was time to rejoin the Her Campus team. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Boston and traveling - anything that gets her outside.