Published: September 8th, 2015
Before I joined the AMA, I wasn’t a very involved student. I only came to school to attend classes and would leave as soon as they were over. So once junior year came around, I knew I had to get my s#!t together and get involved if I wanted to find an internship before I graduated. So since I’m a marketing major, I decided to join the AMA in the fall of 2014.
Now, two semesters later, here I am as an RC Director! It’s crazy when I think about it because I never thought I would be in this position. I never even planned on it, it just happened. But all of this didn’t just happen out of nowhere. All of this happened because I was an active and involved member.
When I joined the AMA, I thought that was it. I thought “I joined an organization so I’m pretty involved now, it should be easy to find an internship.” But that’s not the case at all. There were about 150+ AMA members, what makes me stand out among them? Just attending meetings won’t make me stand out; everyone else attends them too. So I told myself to be as involved as I could but it was hard at first because I didn’t know anyone.
I decided to join Roaring Concepts, not just for the experience, but also to make connections. I was placed in the Maioli project and my team met up every week outside of the AMA/RC meetings to work on our project, so I got to know my team members pretty well, including our own Director of Membership Stephanie, and we’re still friends to this day. I also tried to attend as many socials and events as I could even though I didn’t know that many people. But that was the point, to meet more members and establish connections.
So here are my tips for you, the new clueless AMA member like myself a year ago:
–Get to know your team members, or anyone in the AMA, and develop a friendship with them.
–Plan with them to attend AMA socials and events since I know it can be a bit discouraging sometimes to go alone.
–Don’t be afraid, shy, or intimidated to talk to anyone on the e-board.
Now that I’m on the e-board, I know that we’re really not scary or intimidating at all. We all started as regular members so we try our best to make everyone feel welcomed. So trust me, we WANT you to come talk to us or ask us ANY questions.
–Treat your RC project like it’s your job.
It’s not just another class project. We picked you because we know there’s something you can bring to the table. I know that my experience in RC is what got me an internship at Jarden this past summer.
-Did I mention attend socials and events?
The friendships and connections I developed with some members wouldn’t exist if I hadn’t attended any socials and events. I probably may not have gotten the chance to be an RC Director either.
You never know what opportunities, friendships, or connections could be waiting for you or which ones you could be missing.
So with that being said, I hope to see many new faces in RC, socials, and events and really look forward to meeting our new AMAzing members!
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