Go Beyond the Classroom with Student-Led Organizations

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Student organizations provide students with an opportunity to expand their education beyond the classroom. They give students hands-on experience and allow them to apply the skills they’re learning in class to areas of personal interest.

Neeley School of Business MBA students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of student-led organizations.

"The student organizations represent a great opportunity for students with a common interest to get together outside of class,” says Anne Rooney, Neeley School Director of Student Development.

These organizations give students a chance to see how things in the classroom come to life in the real world, while providing students an enhanced networking experience and exposure to different employment opportunities.

“Clubs provide a tremendous opportunity for students to network with people in different fields and get a sense for what they’re interested in and what they’re not interested in,” says Rooney. Members of student organizations interact with people at all levels of the business world, from new graduates and alums all the way to C-level executives.

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of participating in a student organization is the chance to build leadership skills. “Students are leading the organization, setting the strategy, developing and maintaining the budget and planning events,” says Rooney. “It’s a great leadership opportunity.”

TCU provides student organizations with a generous budget to operate and participate in events, including case competitions, trips, lunch and learns, meetings with executives and more.

Kayvon Shahbaz will earn his MBA from the Neeley School of Business in December. He currently serves as president of the Energy Club. Though he didn’t have a background in energy, he was interested in the field so he joined. Since that time, he has helped to more than double student participation in the club. He says student-led organizations are “a mechanism for students to take extracurricular desires or interests and really maximize them.”

The Energy Club is one of many clubs that send students to case competitions. Preparation for these competitions helps students learn to multi-task at a high level. “It’s a lot of late nights,” says Shahbaz.

Through these experiences, students learn time management and the ability to present in front of a group—a “highly valuable skill,” he says.

As far as leadership goes, Shahbaz says participating in student organizations forces students to recognize the needs and wants of others and to be in touch with the trends and drivers within the industry of interest. “If you’re not in tune with what people want, you’re not going to get their respect and attention,” he says.

Students interested in learning more about student-led organizations can get more information online, through the TCU newsletters and the Student Organization Fair held at the beginning of each school year.

Neeley students have the opportunity to participate in a host of student organizations on campus, including:

“They’re a great resource,” says Shahbaz. “But at the end of the day, the student organizations are whatever you want them to be.”
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