Athens, OH December 10 2016 –
Being a part of a student organization, such as IEEE, has given me many opportunities. I have gotten to take trips to different schools for conferences, even out of state, for free. I have gotten to lead projects and people to accomplish a goal. But of all of the things that I have gained from being a part of IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the best reward is all of the friends I have made.
For our last IEEE social of the fall semester we all decided on going to Bdubs to get dinner for boneless wing night. Before this event, we were all pretty good friends. We would work on homework together, joke, and laugh, but at this event we started to learn about each other outside of the academic setting. It was so refreshing to get to know the person behind the student. We bonded over some wings, appetizers and ranch dressing. It really did reinforce that we are all in this together.
Ever since this social, our meetings have been more productive. People feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and opinions. And they like coming to meetings because they know they are surrounded by supportive friends. I am so glad that we ended up having this event and that it was so successful.