Why Student Leaders Are Key to Learning
When done the right way, educational programs can be invaluable resources that can change lives, but they’re best when they’re developed by and for individuals in student organizations. To take the lead in developing a rewarding educational experience for student volunteers is the most personal and empowering thing anyone can do.
Whether you’re a graduate student who wants to show other students what a real career might look like, or a high school senior looking to show off the high school project she completed, showing off their expertise has power. Why? They’re not just bragging about something that can’t be used. They’re proving that they’re trusted because they’ve shared that special insight.
Here are some tips to make it happen:
Serve as Co-Leader
Who better to lead than the people already in charge? In order to succeed, it’s important that we be equal parts expert and student.
Preach, Give, and Participate
Learning from others is essential in understanding their input and the impact of their opinions on others. So learn what and how others do, and continue to offer and learn. If you’re a peer to the instructor, consider asking questions about the design of the academic program, or the training process. Ask what the project was about, how long it took, and how many people worked on it.
Make it Your Brand
To put in a productive effort, you need to be a team player. Serving in leadership positions is a sign of participation, and can help others learn and grow, too. You can form your own brand by posting classroom material on your personal homepage, and being willing to step up and help others be successful.
Share What You Know
The same principles are applicable no matter the role or role. When you can offer further insight and apply what you learn to others, it demonstrates that you’re a leader who values the experience.
Additionally, are you in a role that requires you to communicate and respond to others? Ask your instructors and students for information on social media and other platforms. Share tips, hints, and inspiration from others on Twitter, LinkedIn, and other platforms. You can learn, too.
Nurture Your Community
Involvement in organizations, clubs, and team-building events creates a close community for peers. You’ll be exposed to peers, peers who can empathize with your experience, and students who will mentor you on your path to a successful future.
Understand the Benefit
As a student, you’re about to embark on a whole new world, and one that you’ll want to approach with respect and enthusiasm. There are both pro and con points, but recognize that the benefits of such an education outweigh the negatives.
Only you can choose what kind of mentorship and exposure you want to offer others. You know what your passion is, what your skills are, and what experience is valuable to others. If you want to prove that you know what you’re talking about, what you’re missing is that constant feedback and validation.
Learning isn’t always about subjects or topics. It’s about exposure and guidance from others. Serving as a leader is more than just sharing knowledge with others. It’s about reaching back and helping others to get where they want to go in life.