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03-Feb-2015
Involvement first step to finding interests

During a recent interview for an internship with a company in central Nebraska, I was asked the question, “What is your passion?” I paused and thought, that is a really good question. This is a question every college student should ask themselves when they start their journey through college and move into future employment.   


I challenge every college student to get involved in as many clubs and organizations on their campus as they can. You will probably find you do not like some of them, but I will tell you a secret. It is okay. It is a good thing, actually, because that means you are one step closer to finding your true passion. Eventually, you will develop a passion for a club or organization (or even better yet, several) and have a burning desire to fully engage yourself in that club or organization.


Clubs and organizations are important because they allow us to engage in our passions. They are useful in preparing us for future employment because time management skills are gained by balancing school and activities. Leadership is gained through officer positions. Communication skills are honed through interactions between peers.


Organizations put us in new positions and allow us to try new things. Sometimes we may fail, but as billionaire Richard Branson famously states, “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again." College organizations provide opportunities for students to learn to deal with failure by hitting the “restart” button and bouncing back.


Entering an industry that you have a passion for will make waking up at 6 a.m. a whole lot easier. Finding passions that align with your employment will not only make work interesting, but fun as well. Wait, work can’t be fun. Isn’t that against the rules? Having an interest in something usually leads to finding enjoyment when learning about it. It also challenges one to gain much more in-depth knowledge about a certain area.


How are you going to spend those finite hours? Try out as many organizations as you can. It may help answer the question, “What is YOUR passion?”

About the Author

Isaac Mertens
Hastings College, '15
Isaac is a senior at Hastings College majoring in Accounting. He has grown up in central Nebraska


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