Tabling Takes Over Tech Walk for iWeek
Posted August 23, 2013 | Atlanta, GA
This week, new and returning students will have the opportunity to join any number of Tech’s hundreds of student organizations during Involvement Week, also known as “iWeek.”
Each day, representatives from more than 20 organizations will be on hand to share information about their group’s mission, goals, and structure. Students will be able to join most of those organizations on the spot.
“It's important to be involved on campus because you develop skills that will last you a lifetime,” said Marnie Williams, a fourth-year biomedical engineering major and member of Best Buddies International, which connects students to people with disabilities in hopes of breaking down barriers and misconceptions. “By investing in an organization at Tech, you have the chance to become a leader, a follower, to work with people who are different than you, to problem-solve, and to make an impact on campus, in the community, and in the world.”
Studies have shown that students who are involved on campus get better grades and more job offers, and are ultimately more satisfied with their undergraduate experience than peers who aren’t involved in an organization or activity outside of the classroom.
“Getting involved on campus really sets the tone for your entire college career and life beyond Tech,” said Rachel Witt, a second-year student and member of College Republicans. “Involvement opens your eyes to a world of possibilities that you might not have been exposed to prior to college and shapes you into a more cultured and well-rounded individual.”
Studies have also shown that the happiest people are those who lead balanced lives and develop close relationships with others.
"We’re social creatures by nature and need emotional connections with others in order to be self-confident and fulfilled," saif Tiffiny Hughes-Troutman, licensed psychologist and outreach coordinator for the Georgia Tech Counseling Center. "Social interaction helps us to reduce stress and cope with problems. It also plays a role in keeping us healthy and resisting illness."
Attending an event such as iWeek can be the first step in building these emotional connections in a new place.
"The key is to make yourself available, act friendly, and open yourself to new people and positive experiences," said Hughes-Troutman. "New friends can be found in class, on the Stinger, or even at the CRC."
Kelly Cross, coordinator of Student Organizations and Leadership for the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, has the following advice for students who plan to attend iWeek:
- Have an open mind.
- If you're feeling overwhelmed, take a break and come back later.
- Do some research ahead of time and target your search.
- Start with one organization.
- Find something that you’re passionate about. If you love what you are doing it will look good on your resume.
The weeklong showcase of campus organizations runs Aug. 26–30 on Tech Walk. Students who are unable to attend iWeek events can browse all of Tech’s student organizations on JacketPages or contact the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org.