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The Many Advantages of Joining a Student Organization

The Many Advantages of Joining a Student Organization

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By Janet Athanasiou
Student Affairs Liaison, APUS

Experts on student involvement believe that interactions with faculty and participation in campus activities contribute to overall student satisfaction and success in school.

For online students, getting involved in extracurricular activities strengthens their peer-to-peer connections and lessens any feelings they may have of physical isolation.

APUS offers more than 65 different student clubs and organizations covering a variety of interests — everything from honor societies and professional organizations to clubs promoting student mental health issues and minority and faith-based interests.

There Are Lifelong Benefits to Becoming a Member of a Student Organization

Student organizations offer benefits that you can take advantage of in and out of the classroom. These benefits include establishing a network of contacts in your chosen field to honing your communication, leadership, teamwork and self-management skills. Many active students also become involved alumni.

On Thursday, October 25, AMU and APU alumni can participate in a virtual coffee hour at 3 p.m. EDT, to network with fellow graduates and stay current on university news. Also, Jenny Souza, Student Affairs Liaison at American Public University, will discuss the upcoming Virtual Organization Fair on November 14.

Representatives from the more than 65 recognized campus organizations will be on hand at the fair to introduce their chapter, its operations, expectations, eligibility requirements, and the overall benefits of membership.

Students and alumni interested in chapter membership can attend the various sessions. They will be able to learn about membership and ask questions. Also, anyone interested in forming a new organization can learn more about the process for obtaining recognition.

The university offers a variety of other ways alumni can get involved in the campus experience. Alumni can serve as mentors to current students or harness the power of social media as influencers of current students and other alumni.

Student Organizations Also Provide Leadership Opportunities

Taking a leadership role is another excellent way to become involved in a student organization. These organizations are dependent on students and alumni to provide guidance to the group. If you’re interested in getting to know other students and faculty leaders, learning more about APUS and developing leadership skills, consider becoming a chapter officer in one of our many organizations.

Not yet part of our alumni community? We’d still love for you learn about the benefits of becoming an active alumnus. On November 14, APUS will hold a Virtual Organization Fair for current students and alumni.

The Virtual Organization Fair is an open information session where representatives from our 65+ recognized organizations will introduce their chapter operations, expectations, eligibility requirements, and the overall benefits of membership.

Students and alumni interested in chapter membership can attend the various sessions freely, to gain insight on membership, ask questions, and express general interest. Students and alumni interested in championing new organizations are also invited to learn more about the process and expectations for obtaining recognition.

To register, visit the event page to learn more. You’ll receive an email confirming your registration for the event.

About the Author

Janet Athanasiou has worked for American Public University System since 2011, holding positions such as Academic Advisor, Senior Manager of Advising Schools, and Graduate Academic Advisor. Previously, she worked as a Residence Coordinator for the University of Alberta in Canada. Her academic credentials include a bachelor’s degree in history from Dalhousie University and a master of education degree in counseling psychology from James Madison University. Janet is currently working on her doctoral degree in higher education and higher education administration at George Mason University.

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