When you first come to campus you constantly hear from everyone that you should join a couple clubs and get involved with the “Linfield Community.”
However once you join one club, you can’t hope to be a leader in any others.
As freshmen coming into the new world of college, most of us were trying to find a place where we belonged far away from home.
Little did we know the club, sport, or organization that we picked would be our only one.
In a small school environment it is easy to get to no everyone.
Some students enjoy participating in multiple activities whereas others only want to dedicate themselves to one particular group.
Sure, you can join other clubs on the most basic level as a normal member, but once you try to get a leadership position they immediately ask the question, “How are you going to be able to balance this position with the other things you are doing?”
When someone is applying for a position, it is more than likely they believe they have enough time to balance all of the things they are in.
Yet that question always gets asked and the position almost always goes to the person that is only going to be doing that one thing.
In my personal experience, it seems that the people that want to have a leadership position already have experience in other clubs they are currently in.
The people who want to be leaders already are ones.
So it’s silly to rule them out automatically because you think they wont have enough time.
People who are use to being in leadership roles are equipped to balance their time between the many things they do, which often includes organizing different events all at once and making sure they are on top of all their assignments.
These are all traits that are being wished for on the application sheets, but rarely are they thinking about those traits when they see what other clubs your in.
It’s gotten so bad that people have started to lie about the different clubs that they are involved in just to have a better chance at getting the leadership position that they want.
Student shouldn’t have to feel like they have to drop everything they are doing to get a position.
If a students wants to become active in a leadership role those that review applications should be open-minded about their abilities.
They should be encouraged to use those experiences to help them with this new leadership role, instead of pretending that they aren’t a part of something else.
People should embrace the different opportunities on campus because each one brings something different to Linfield and everyone should have the chance to be involved in them.
If a student wants to be a leader at Linfield then we should encourage them to take that opportunity and not ask them “If they have time for that?” because if they are showing interest in an activity they obviously think they have enough time to commit to the activity.
Stephanie Hofmann can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org