College students often overlook, or are unaware of, the opportunities provided by their university outside of the classroom. Most universities offer extensive resources and programs that supplement students’ academic education, often in the form of student-run clubs, honor societies, and other organizations. Holding an official position or immersing yourself into new academically social situations helps to eliminate the boundaries of reaching future success in your career.
Research suggests that participating in organizational groups enhances overall personal autonomy, understanding of group interests and dynamics, and other nonacademic decision-making (Moore et al., 1998). For that reason, students should connect and participate in these organizations to maximize their skill development during their undergraduate education. These collegiate resources have also shown to prepare oneself for future professional endeavors and integrate socialization amongst peers early on (Gardner & Barnes, 2007).
However, due to a lack of understanding on utilizing and managing these resources in the first place, many organizations, as well as students, are not able to reach their full potential. Students who struggle more with managing their time perceive more academic stress and tend to find it hard to contribute their leisure time to other roles outside of academics (Misra & McKean, 2000). The purpose of this workshop, run by the leaders of the Lynn University chapter of Psi Chi – The International Honor Society in Psychology, is to provide examples of the common struggles that student organizations encounter and provide recommendations and best practices for success.
St. Thomas University, Gus Machado College of Business
Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC)
Miami Gardens, FL
College of Arts and Sciences
Miranda, E., Brule, A., & Cooper, P. J. (2023, February 17-18). Best practices for creating and maintaining high-impact student organizations [Conference workshop]. Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC), St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens, FL, United States.