I find it hard to believe that I am more than halfway finished with my college career. My time at IU has been nothing short of amazing, but I also have learned the importance of utilizing networking relationships throughout the college years.
After graduation, a majority of us will be anxiously searching for jobs. Nowadays, it is hard to distinguish yourself with simply just a major. The activities and internships you get in college help show employers who you are and what you stand for. Here at IU, the opportunities are endless! There are so many clubs and organizations fitting to a never-ending array of interests, and it’s almost guaranteed you will find a perfect fit for you. Obtaining leadership roles within your organization are a fun, innovative way to gain professional experience doing something you love. One of the organizations I am involved with is CRU, also known as Campus Crusade for Christ. I am a Christian and it's really great to surround myself with people of similar beliefs. I have formed some amazing friendships at CRU and it's wonderful being part of such a loving community.
Internships are another aspect of networking that can be utilized to figure out what kind of job or career you might want come graduation. It is never too early to start looking-the earlier you look, the better! This past summer, I interned with the marketing department of a nonprofit microfinance organization. I gained insight on what goes on behind the scenes of a nonprofit organization. The influence nonprofit organizations have on individuals is truly phenomenal! I am fiercely passionate about making a difference in other people’s lives, and my internship helped me gain insight on that.
What else did my internship teach me? I learned that I absolutely love social media marketing. I am thoroughly impressed with any company that carries an influential online presence, and I enjoy researching efficient social media practices. Lots of effort goes behind building a reputable online presence, including composing tweets, attracting fans/followers, the time of a post, and so much more. I really hope to get involved with this kind of marketing for a future career, and I am so thankful my internship helped me confirm my passion.
College is a time where you get to discover yourself. Not only is it important to work hard academically and make lifelong friendships, but take this time out to discover your true passion and go for it!