Should you join another student organization?
Thursday, January 17 2019 04:00pm
College of Business students have introduced three new student organizations since last spring semester. Join a new club to expand your learning and boost your resume.
By Meghan Morris
Spring semester can present a different experience for students depending on their class rank from freshmen who’re finally adjusting to campus life to seniors who’re searching for their first real jobs.Transfer students face even more challenges because their level of academic development and involvement may differ greatly from classmates.
Despite the stressors that are already on students’ minds, some students see spring semester as a great opportunity to add another commitment. Student organizations are an integral part of being a Business Bobcat. During the 2018-19 academic year, three new clubs – the Association of Women in Finance, the Professional Networking Group, and the OU Book Club – were created to give students new and diverse opportunities and experiences.
Association of Women in Finance
Allie Matisko, a finance and management and strategic leadership senior, created the Association of Women in Finance due to the lack of female students in finance within the College of Business. Club members are either pursuing finance in some academic form or may just have an interest in the subject.
“Finance is notoriously a male-dominated field,” she said. “We’re trying to encourage more females to be a part of it.”
The Association of Women in Finance strives to be a resource for financial education and an opportunity for peer mentorship. Younger members have a built-in support system of upperclassmen who have already taken high-level finance courses and had internships. The mentor-mentee relationships carry on outside of club meetings in order to cultivate more personal bonds.
Conference calls with female industry leaders have worked wonders in motivating each member to continue on a finance-related career path. From hearing real experiences, students learn that it’s not all struggle to be a female in business.
Some student organizations can rival classes in terms of required dedication and workload, however, the “incredible” payoff is worth it for many students, Matisko said.
“The people you meet and the skills you learn are immeasurable,” she said. “People should use these clubs as ways to not only learn and grow as individuals but figure out what they want to do post-graduation.”
Professional Networking Group
Nathan Pigg is a sophomore studying port management and finance, During his freshman year, he joined a few student organizations. However, after noticing a few shortcomings in these organization, he and a friend created something new – the Professional Networking Group.
“A lot of organizations overpromise,” he said. “When they’re trying to recruit you to their organization, they’ll say ‘We will help you do this. You will get X, Y, and Z.’ My friend and I were disappointed when they didn’t follow through with those promises.”
They built the Professional Networking Group as a general business club as many COB organizations are focused around certain majors and career paths. Additionally, students from all OHIO colleges or majors can benefit from the skills taught and opportunities from the club.
The organization fits the needs of students who are just starting out and those who’ll graduate soon.It gives tips on resumes, cover letters, job interviews, networking and more.
“We want to make sure you take the necessary steps to get reach your career goals,” Pigg said.
OU Book Club
Senior finance major George Poleondakis said his friend wanted to create a investing group that would invest based on what members read in books. Poleondakis thought there were enough student investment groups already so he expanded the concept to include any business books.
In OU Book Club, members can read whatever they want as long as it’s applicable to their major. He hopes the information can be applied outside of meetings.
“We decided that we wanted a group that would improve your learning capacities in other student organizations,” Poleondakis said.
When discussing the latest read, it often sparks conversation among the group and verges off in many directions. These moments are great learning opportunities for members, hearing the many different perspectives on various business fields.
Poleondakis heard about “The Millionaire Next Door” from another member. It’s about common traits that America’s wealthiest people share. He found reading the book to be very useful while searching for jobs, saying companies seem pleased when he mentions it because they have something casual to discuss during the interview.
“When I fill out job applications, I have to talk about niches I see in the market that might need financial advice,” Poleondakis said. “In ‘The Millionaire Next Door,’ they talk about how teachers are the spouses of many millionaires and nobody realizes that.”
Once members have finished reading a book, it goes into the OU Book Club’s “bank of books,” a collection that ensures members don’t have to worry about buying books or borrowing them from the library. It currently has about 20 books and resides in the Schey Centre.
For more information on these new student organizations, contact Nathan Pigg (firstname.lastname@example.org), George Poleondakis (email@example.com), or Allie Matisko (firstname.lastname@example.org).