Enhance Your UF Experience:
Involvement & Leadership
Active participation in extracurricular activities is a great way to broaden your social and professional network, develop interpersonal and leadership skills, and solidify your interests and values. On your resume, extracurricular activities demonstrate that you are a leader, team player, and someone with enthusiasm, initiative and a sense of commitment.
Become a Leader
Take on a Leadership Role
In addition to holding office in a student organization, you can become a Warrington Welcome peer leader, a Warrington Diplomat, a Preview staff member, or a student government official. Ask your academic advisor about other leadership opportunities at UF.
Take Leadership Courses, Workshops, and Seminars
Get schooled in sound leadership practices by applying to the prestigious Florida Leadership Academy, completing a related minor or certificate, or attending a DSO's Center for Leadership and Service conference.
Join a Student Organization
Joining a student organization will give you the chance to become involved with students who share your interests. Student organizations provide direct access to employment recruiters, leadership opportunities, work experience, and the means to develop valuable business-related skills. Plan to be an active member of at least one student organization.
Serve Your Community
By participating in community service, you can become a socially responsible member of your community AND develop marketable skills for your resume. In addition to making a positive impact on others, community service can help you...
- "Try out" a career
- Obtain real world work experience for your resume
- Develop interpersonal skills
- Establish relationships with individuals who can provide you with valuable letters of reference
Develop Relationships with Faculty, Staff, and Students
Getting involved also means fostering relationships with the people you encounter in college. Each day, you have an opportunity to work on creating positive relationships with faculty, staff, and other students by going to class, talking with professors, engaging in social activities, and meeting with your advisor.
Establishing relationships with others is central to your college experience. Not only will you improve your interpersonal skills, you will make valuable contacts that can help you along the road to success. As a business major, you take a lot of online courses, so you must take the initiative to make an extra effort to get to know your professors, advisors, and fellow students. To develop these relationships, you should...
- Introduce yourself to others
- Speak with faculty at least once a week
- Attend class regularly (go to the live sections when you can!)
- Visit your professors during office hours at least once a week
- Sit in the front row
- Get hired as a teaching assistant
- Actively participate in student organizations
- Work side-by-side with the faculty advisors who lead the student organization(s) you are involved in
- Work alongside faculty on a research project
- Seek out opportunities to serve your college
- Meet with your academic advisor at least once each semester
- Have fun with your classmates!
- Contact Your Advisor
- Warrington Faculty Directory
- Obtaining Letters of Recommendation
- Business Student Organizations
We hear a lot about diversity today. What exactly does it mean? The first step toward embracing diversity is to actively learn about other genders, cultures, races, religions, and sexual orientations. This involves interacting with people who are different from you, and a willingness to see the world from their perspective. Only by standing in another shoes, can you develop a true appreciation and respect for the differences (and commonalities) that exist between you and others.