08-31-2008, 06:21 PM
I'm just comparing my undergrad school choices... and I've reached a rut... they all fit great but what one school has... another doesn't. hmm. But one of the things I was wondering about is clubs/organizations....
I know they are important to have... but how important? One school... there are a ton of options for me.. great clubs of interest, etc. The other... not so much... maybe one but...
Going for Vet med. but anyone welcome to respond... but how in depth should my clubs be (not including vet / animal experience... just school)
also, the school that doesn't have that many clubs... the clubs I'm looking at doing has nothing to do with vet med... just fun clubs. The other has wayyy too many for me to decide from both fun and vet related.
08-31-2008, 07:04 PM
I refuse to do to a school that doesn't have some sort of a Student Government/Leadership club.
09-01-2008, 07:22 AM
It has student government (which I want to do) and it has "fun clubs" like sci-fi club and things like that I would love doing but they don't have a pre-vet club, wildlife society, herpetology club, roots and shoots, and environmental clubs unlike the other school that has all of these.
09-01-2008, 07:47 AM
"clubs" aren't as important for professional school admissions as leadership roles.
now if you were president of the club and were in charge of the coordination of everything, most clubs would at best warrant a footnote. You really want to be concerned with volunteering and service activities (plus getting exposure to your chosen field like shadowing a vet)... these will be infinitely more important than your membership in the sci-fi club which would at best show that you're well rounded.
Now don't go to a school just because it has a vet club either. I didn't join any pre-med clubs. Why? B/c membership generally costs money and they don't accomplish anything. Schools could care less if you were a member of the pre-med club as long as you did all the aforementioned exposure/service activities.
Summary: go where you feel comfortable, not where the better clubs are.
09-06-2008, 10:39 AM
If there isn't a club then you can always create one. When I entered college I became interested in German language. We had a "german club" which consisted of 6 or 7 people meeting at a coffee shop. I got appointed as president of this "club" when the previous president graduated. During that time, I made the club official. It had not been official since the 1970s, with the club constitution from then to prove it. I was able to increase membership from 6 to well over 100 (semi) active members. There were about 20-30 people that were consistent.
I also established events, collaboration with other organizations and the German department.
The fact that I was in the club doesn't mean jack. The leadership and work invested into something of interest is what matters. I've gotten 6 interviews so far, and frankly, I don't have much in the way of medical volunteering. I have a lot of shadowing but all of my community help and volunteer came in the form of big brother/big sister and tutoring via German club. You just have to show devotion to something...ideally something that promotes knowledge and service in some fashion.