When I was considering graduate school, I spent a lot of time debating why I would leave my job at an organization I loved and lock myself in a room for hours on end to practice accounting problems. Yuck!
So why did I do it? Because I knew I needed something more. I decided to pursue my master’s so I could contribute and make the world a better place—for myself, for my community, and for my peers.
After beginning my graduate studies at Kogod, I found a powerful way to fulfill this need with AU’s Net Impact Graduate Club. The Club coordinates programs and events that support social and environmental change both on and off-campus. Net Impact, a non-profit that aims to affect positive social and environmental change, has over 280 student and professional chapters worldwide with more than 95,000 members. Each club chapter works to support the organization’s mission by coordinating programming that fosters social and environmental justice career paths.
I had the honor of serving as president of the American University chapter in 2014-15. During my presidency, we organized events such as a community farming initiative, and participated in Earth Hour, the world’s largest volunteer activity for the environment. To stay connected with other student club chapters, we coordinated a networking happy hour, and worked with DC’s professional chapter to host a number of panel discussions. We also participated in Net Impact’s Annual Conference, which brings together student and professional leaders from across the nation.
The Net Impact Graduate Club gave me a way to channel my passion for community change and connect with other students with the same drive. It was an experience that strengthened my convictions as business professional, and deepened my connection to my community. If you’re searching for a way to do the same, I highly encourage you to join.