It's not really "required", but it is a plus to have and being an officer teaches you some things about leadership that you don't get from volunteering or doing research.I just finished my sophomore year. My GPA is fine. However, I do not have much extracurricular activities so far. I have a lab assistant job. I am also a research assistant working on a vaccine project. I also have some volunteer experiences. I am planning to do shadowing soon. I will be doing an internship in a biotech company this summer .However, I am not very active in any clubs so far. I joined several clubs but I didn’t run for officers since I really didn’t enjoy those clubs wholeheartedly. I’ve browsed for clubs for two years and I haven’t found one that I think I truly enjoy so that it would be worth my time and effort. I am more of an indoor person and like to do things alone most of the time. I recently got really interested in investment and finance and I finally feel like I found an EC that I can truly commit my time towards it. But like researching about the market and studying all about stocks isn’t really something that you can put on a resume.
I really need some help and advice since I think club and leadership experience is basically required.
Besides clubs, I think volunteering and shadowing are more important because they show dedication to the field and dedication to the community, so make sure you have enough hours of each of those (100 each is average).