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It is universally accepted that participating in student-driven and student-led organizations aids a student’s growth academically and socially, and helps improve the overall school experience. One such student chapter at Texas A&M University celebrates its 90-year milestone.
I have been a Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) student member since 2012, when I first started school as a student in petroleum engineering. The society has been an integral part of my development as an engineer through the various means of engagement it provides to all its members. From conferences and mentorships to competitions and scholarships, the framework provided by the society presents a wonderful opportunity to keep oneself abreast with the developments in the petroleum industry while also allowing students to interact with professionals leading change in this sector.
Aided by the organization, I have attended more than 10 conferences for petroleum engineering students both internationally and within the continental U.S. through ticket sponsorships and opportunities to present. These chances gave me an invaluable platform to learn and present my skills while also meeting former students and professionals who have inspired me to excel in my discipline.
In addition to this, the SPE student chapter at Texas A&M (TAMU-SPE) affords all its members opportunities to learn skill sets one cannot gain from classrooms, whether through resumé reviews, mock interviews, oil and gas career fairs, industry-relevant software training events or even social events, to name a few. In fact, our chapter organized more than 20 such events for all affiliated students during fall 2021, notwithstanding all the restrictions that came with the pandemic raging amongst us. These types of events can present valuable internship and job opportunities to students.
The chapter also provides its members with leadership experience through officer positions and directorships that open annually. I was elected the graduate student representative of the TAMU-SPE for 2021-22 after I served on other committees in the organization. I have tried to use this opportunity to continue the valuable work done by previous student leaders of this organization. My aim has always been to keep the morale high among the student community despite the challenges brought about by the recent downturn in the oil and gas sector.
I can only hope that students continue to recognize how pivotal any student organization can play in their development from my experience, and I wish the TAMU-SPE chapter a great future in continuing their valuable work.