Posts Tagged 'Volunteering'

Getting Involved – With Precision

It’s no secret, I love to join clubs and organizations. You can ask people in my program! If possible, I would join every single club at Fisher. However, that isn’t always the best idea…it’s better to join organizations that align with your passions, interests and future career goals (I know, sounds kind of corny – but it’s true!)

Personally, I am the VP of Marketing for FisherServes, Treasurer for Innovation Fisher and on the Steering Committee for Fisher Follies. I am also a member of AMP (Association of Marketing Professionals).

 

Just for your reference:

  • FisherServes – An organization that focuses on philanthropy and community service. We connect FCOB students to volunteer activities in Columbus and we host events that raise money for the surrounding community. Tomorrow is our volleyball tournament – stay tuned for that post!!
  • Innovation Fisher- Is a group that focuses on innovation throughout all aspects of the business world. We offer workshops, engagement activities, tours/events and ways to truly see innovation in practice.

    IF homepage – click the icon to learn more!

  • Fisher Follies- A student group that fosters community at Fisher through creativity (and humor). The two major events are an auction and variety show

    The FisherFollies Exec Team getting ready for the 2013 Variety Show

  • AMP – The marketing group of FCOB. This group helps prepare students for marketing careers with support, knowledge and networking.

 

 

 

See? Told you that I like to be involved. But, hey, it adds excitement and things to do to my already busy school schedule.

Each of these clubs has a special place in my heart. I have met incredible people through these organizations and had an absolute blast. With AMP I traveled to Chicago last year for the marketing hop and am constantly getting to network with fantastic marketing professors and professionals. IF uncovered my passion for innovation and led to my internship at Alliance Data as their Innovation Intern. FisherServes allows me to really stretch my marketing and event planning skills, with lots of fundraising experience as well. FisherFollies introduced me to a great group and really shown me how a small, but mighty, group can impact the Fisher community.

HOWEVER – these are just the groups that I decided to join. Everyone’s story is a little bit different. My friend is a part of the Fisher Graduate Women in Business and putting on workshops that address issues women face in the business world. Another good friend of mine is part of the Fisher Networking Club and plans all of the events/happy hours/socials that make Fisher a family.

We also have a Consulting Club, a Veterans Association, a  Chinese Business Professional Association, a Sports Business Association and so, so many more.

Students are able to attend workshops and events of other organizations, so it’s a great way to learn more about topics outside your focus. For example, I have a one-hour Six Sigma workshop next week and lunch with a C-level Executive next month, and about ten other events in-between. Not too shabby :)

Bottom line – join the clubs that are going to be fun. Doesn’t matter if it’s not your major or your focus, join clubs that you think will interest you.

You won’t be bored here at Fisher!


One Day of Community Service

Last Friday, organized by student organization Fisher Serves, I along with other colleagues at Fisher, went to one of the several community service spots—Life Care Alliance dining center. After a short introduction to the dining center, we were assigned different jobs to do. I worked at Harmon kitchen, helping pack and unpack delivery bags and boxes.

The work itself may not be very exciting but the experience was very precious.

1. Making friends

Getting to know people who are also interested in community service is encouraging. I made friend with Jong, a Korean MBA who drove me to the place; Galima, a pretty and smart Indian girl who worked efficiently with me in the kitchen; and Tim, another MBA student who is very kind and always wearing a friendly smile. Actually, I made many more friends with other students whose name I’ve already forgotten. But the point is that we had a very good time together contributing to the community and trying to make a difference.

2. Getting Involved

As an international student, I found that one of the best ways to get involved and prepare for internship or full-time job is to be a volunteer. No one will get mad at your awkward English. Instead, they appreciate your help.

3. Helping people who are in need

I teared up when the manager of Life Care Alliance told us that one of the things that senior citizens long for people to sit with and talking with them. Yes, sometimes a smile warms a heart.

4. Realizing how lucky we are

Helping others who’re in need is also for our soul. It reminds you that there are so many people in difficulty and we are, in comparison, so lucky.



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