More than Academics: The Simon Club Experience

By: Crissi

The most obvious reason to enroll in graduate school for business is the academics.  A less obvious and secondary reason is to build your professional network and improve upon your leadership skills.  While this can take place in the classroom, student clubs are where business students strengthen their bonds with classmates and work on balancing academics, leadership, and a job search.

The average Simon student is a member of three Simon clubs and holds an elected leadership position in one club.  These clubs can be considered as belonging to several different categories: academic-based, social, sports, and cultural.  Some Simon clubs represent chapters of larger national and international organizations such as Toastmasters and National Black.  There are also clubs that serve the greater Simon community such as the student government, The Graduate Business Council (GBC), and the student run newspaper, The World According To Simon (WATS).  Whatever your passion, there is a club to suit your interests.

One of the best points about getting involved with clubs while in business school is the opportunity to build a lasting legacy at Simon.  If you would like to plan a trip (cultural, professional, or social) or organize a case competition, you can!  If you have an idea for a club that you would like to found, you can!  This year a new Squash club was formed.  Alumni often return to the school with a keen eye to connecting with students involved in the clubs they experienced during their student life.

While business school is foremost a place to receive a world class education, the huge benefits of getting involved in student clubs cannot be ignored.  The collage above is a snapshot of activities sponsored by the Simon Marketing Association, an academics-based student club.  For a full – and growing! – list of the clubs at the Simon School please visit: http://www.simon.rochester.edu/clubs–organizations/index.aspx

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