Insights from the school…

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In the 2013 Hult San Francisco had 17 clubs — but 2014 over 60 clubs! Besides from the increase on the amount of students that the school had from one year to another, it seems that this year’s students are extra motivated into creating something great!

When speaking with Linda Miles, representative of Hult regarding student organizations, she mentioned that one of the hardest parts of creating a club is getting your thoughts together and deciding exactly what you want to do with the club. Some leaders have a very clear idea from the start, some other know that they want to do something but don’t have an exact idea on how to do it and other know that they would like to lead a club in a particular field, but are lacking on a clear plan.

At Hult we as students have a very intensive one-year program, and many times people commit to something that are later not able to fulfill. So time management is definitely something to consider. Not only for club leaders but also for club members.

Maintaining engagement from the club members along the year is very tough. Assignments, finals and other clubs commitments make it harder and harder for people to attend meetings, and spend a lot of extra time for your particular club. So make sure you have something good and interesting for the club members. Something good to offer!

Legacy Clubs…

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Each time a new university year starts, new students decide to pursue the creation of different clubs. They usually follow their main interest, meet with alike minded  people and decide on starting the adventure of club leading.

Some clubs are a ‘hot topic’ and get repeated year after year and this are called the legacy clubs. This year at Hult San Francisco it was the case for clubs such as Marketing and Venture.

In some other cases, the current club is a legacy club, however they are following a completely different path and strategy towards the topic, such as for example the Toast Almost Masters club. 

And there are other clubs, such as the Design Thinking, Digital Marketing, Dance Basics which are not legacy clubs but which offer good opportunities for students, and for which the leaders hope the club becomes a legacy club for the upcoming year.

Legacy clubs are a great opportunity to connect current leaders with previous year club leaders in order for them to share the experience and best-practices as leading the club. It’s a very good advantage for the current legacy clubs have, which they should make the most of….

A PIECE OF ADVICE FROM THE LEADERS…

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For the last weeks, I have been interviewing the current club leaders at Hult San Francisco. 

Many of these clubs are getting really popular around campus, and students are very excited to become members! So definitely there are some leaders that have very useful advice to others…

This is the feedback I got!

“Inspire your (club) members and involve them as much as possible! “Build a good leadership team with clarified roles, so the work can be distributed” – Julia Mros (Design Thinking Club)

“Have a solid reason for wanting to run a club, understand the implications on your calendar and whether it will exist outside of your contribution, lastly deliver on what you say you will do”. – Keith Mauppa (Private Equity Club)

“Communication is key. Club leaders need to be able to have this ability to voice new ideas and be open to accept constructive criticism from members as a way of improvement and growth”. – Abimbola Ayininuola (Dance Basics Club)

“Include club members as much and as early as possible, they can be a valuable contribution to the club!” -Stephanie Urbanski (Moments@Hult Club)

Having a great leadership team, relying on your club members for feedback, have the time and the urge to run a club as something you are passionate about are the main key elements for running a club successfully…. 

Getting started…

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Finding what your passion is and wanting to share this with other fellow students is an easy task! However, getting a club or student organization together is not as easy as it seems.

When I got to Hult San Francisco, I decided to start a club about Digital Marketing. I really love this field, and thought we could get together a good group of people who have experience in the online world, to share experiences, thoughts and learnings with every member of the club. And this is how the club was born, with the main objective of creating a new generation of digital marketing experts in Hult San Francisco.

As I decided to start this project, I have contacted all the club leaders at Hult SF in order to have their feedback. One of the main things I asked was if they had previous experience in running a club before coming to Hult and how was the process of getting the club up & running and putting a leadership team together for it.

As far as experience running a student organization or club, most of them mentioned they didn’t have any previous experience in this role. And this is something really outstanding since every club leader is doing a great job in their clubs and members are really appreciative of this! Some of the club leaders mentioned though they had some experience running sports organizations or non-profits associations and some others mentioned it’s not a common practice in their home country (just as in my case).

Putting a club together and getting a leadership team in place, is not a piece-of-cake task, and it’s different in each club. In some clubs, the person who proposed the initial idea for the club then became the president since the rest of the club members requested it to be that way. In other clubs, every member could nominate themselves via email and then everyone could vote in the final election via an online survey. In some other clubs, everyone who is willing to provide extra help becomes part of the leadership teams. And, some others, embraced the idea of a board instead of having the regular positions (president, vice-president), and instead recruited different people to take on different aspects of the club leadership and make them their own.

Hope this post helps getting a glance of what a club formation looks like from the club leaders perspective.

Keep tuned for more insights!