What It’s Really Like to Be on Executive Board for a College Club

Executive boards are a crucial part of college clubs and a huge responsibility. Here’s what it’s like.

This semester, I started my very first executive board (e-board) position as the Media Specialist of the Boston University Filipino Student Association (BUFSA) and it has been quite a journey. Having never been on an e-board before, I had no idea what I was getting into, but I was excited.

I ran for e-board because I am passionate about the club and the position. It was like mixing everything I loved into one⁠—culture, film, photography, graphic design, and all my friends. I am so proud of myself for running and my entire team. This semester has been so crazy, but we’ve made it work and we’ve grown together as a team. Passion is one of the most important things you have to have to be on e-board. If you’re not passionate, then what’s the point?

You have to be 100% dedicated to the club. Being on e-board means that this club is your first priority. That means you should make it to every meeting and every club event. Show that you care, because you do. Even outside of schoolwork and meetings, be thinking of what you can do to help better the club. Especially for my position, I do a lot of work outside of the club where I make scripts, designs, and edit photos. This doesn’t get done quickly. I make sure I always have something BUFSA related on my to-do list so that I’m giving the club the most. 

You have to be a team. It’s hard when your team comes together and you don’t really know each other. When I first started this semester, it was hard to be a team and communicate well. Now, we’ve learned a lot from experience from the first few meetings. We’ve achieved a lot together, but only because we became a team. Being a team includes not only planning the events but also problem-solving and having deep discussions.

You have to be on your A-game all the time. Being in front of the classroom and being the person all the general member looks up to can be pressuring, but you always gotta get things under control and keep track of time. If you’re on e-board, you shouldn’t be clueless, so make sure you communicate with your team and provide leadership for any general members.

Most importantly, just have fun. E-board is a great way to meet new people, even outside of your club, and a great way to grow professionally. Not only does it look great on your resume, but it truly helps you become a better leader. Being in charge of a club you love is so much fun and such a great learning experience. I highly recommend running for e-board, even if you have doubts.

I hope this helps anyone in e-board or anyone who is curious about it. It is definitely a second job, but it’s so worth it. I’ve learned so much from being on e-board.

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