How Being an Officer in a Club Makes You Stronger

February 20, 2018
By: Christina Brannon '20

What club are you an officer for?

I’m the president and founder of the Compassion for Animals Club here on campus. Our mission is to spread a message of kindness towards all creatures, even those who often are overlooked. We aim to be a voice for the voiceless within the Scranton community.

What is the most difficult aspect of being a club officer?

Being able to take a group of individuals, who often don’t know each other, and form them into a group of friends. Although it is difficult to bring people out of their shells, it is the most rewarding part of the job as well. I love looking at my club members and seeing friendships form and connections being made. Not only is this important for club morale, but it also helps with making the club the best it can be. Students work better as a cohesive team when they feel a bond of friendship.

What are three essential skills for any officer, in your opinion?

I think that a club leader should be passionate, cooperative and resilient. An officer has to be completely passionate about the mission of the club for there to be success. You can’t just use it as a resume builder or a way to pass the time. The members will immediately notice and become less interested in the goals of the club. You have to be on your A-game at all times and do your best to pass that passion on to all members. Being part of a club also means that you are working with many people, often with different opinions. Although being an officer gives you a little more power, it is still important to make sure members voices are heard and that you are able to work well as a team. Clubs are not a one-man show. Sometimes being in charge of a club can be taxing, and things might not always go your way. For example, you might not have the events you planned on or raised enough money for a cause. But, as a leader, you can’t give up there. You have to keep trying, work harder and be an example for the other members.

How has being a club officer translated into your everyday life?

Being a club officer has given me the confidence and the skills necessary to be successful in any leadership position I would potentially take on. I learned to not be afraid to speak in front of large crowds and to voice my opinion. I learned how to organize large meetings and events while still guiding the members. I learned how to work with others efficiently. I learned that I’m stronger than I thought I was and that I can achieve my goals if I work hard enough for them. I encourage every student to join a club and run for office if they have the chance. Leaders in these small settings make the best leaders on and off campus.

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