Ever since I started college, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has been my safe haven. This organization has given me the opportunity to meet great people, strengthen my leadership skills, and build my future. On the days I wanted to throw in the towel and give up on engineering, NSBE reminded me that where I was, was where I was supposed to be.
NSBE has acted as my home away from home. It has given me the opportunity to socialize and network with great individuals that have the same goals and aspirations as me. This organization has also given me the avenue to converse with upperclassmen in my major to figure out how to study for certain classes and to help me choose what classes I should take. Other than school related activities, we have had multiple game nights and socials that have allowed me to become very close with other members.
This organization has given me the opportunity to meet great people, strengthen my leadership skills, and build my future.
This organization has also shaped me into a strong, open-minded, and empathic leader. During my freshman year, someone on the executive board prompted me to apply to the Freshman Executive Board. I didn’t really understand what I was getting myself into, but I am glad I made that leap of faith. As of today, this is my third year being a part of the executive board and I have loved every minute of it. Being able to govern and work with different types of people to meet the needs of our members as well as the needs of our overall chapter has been a fulfilling experience. Overall, when I look back to my freshman year, I was naïve, shy, and hesitant to make decisions. Now I am confident enough to talk in front of large crowds and major companies and I owe it all to NSBE. No, the road to becoming a strong leader wasn’t easy nor is it over, but I am glad I have had NSBE to guide me every step of the way.
NSBE has helped me tremendously with academics and my leadership development, but they have also aided me with my future career goals and dreams. I have gone through many resumé reviews and mock interviews set up by NSBE to help me prepare for our regional and national conventions. During these conventions, I was able to network with other schools and companies. At both conferences, I had the opportunity to interview with multiple companies and I actually landed my first internship from one of the companies I interviewed with.
Overall, NSBE has helped me in many different ways, and I am so glad that I have been readily involved ever since I stepped foot onto campus. NSBE has played a huge role in my success as a minority student in engineering at Texas A&M University, and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for me.
There are many student organizations within the College of Engineering for you to get involved in. Find your place to get involved and find the perfect fit for you.