As a student I am used to the idea of having poor connections. I don’t really know anything about the world or anyone in the world and I need to seek out mentors and teachers who would be willing to make those connections for me.
I am also really interested in space and for the past two years or so I have been trying to organize a club that could be big and do big things. But no one in my network seemed to follow my vision or my passion.
Really all I had do to was wait. I tried to make new friends, which for me is a little hard. I try not to be picky but there are only some people I want to hang out with when I am over tired, stressed out or the few times I have time for fun. It took awhile but I have slowly formed few strong friendships which is how I like it. These friends come from different backgrounds, some are in student government, some are engineers others are in health science and friends of my friends.
I also made a splash personally and also with teammates over the last two years. In chronological order, I began working in undergraduate research, helped put on an International Space Station downlink, organized STEM outreaches, introduced the President of the United States, created a tool for NASA, tested the tool at NASA Johnson Space Center, began an internship at HP, and appeared on a PBS show called Science Trek. This was over a period of two years and after this happened my network was a lot bigger than before.
So this semester I decided to tackle creating this club again. I was a little behind though because of school work and started recruitment ten days before our first big meeting. I thought this was a little late and was planning to go on the University quad to hand out flyers, send out email blasts and hang up up notices about the event. Then I realized that while those were great ideas it wouldn’t be incredibly impactful if neither I or anyone in my team have never had conversations with these people.
The crazy thing is my first plan was not utilizing my network that I have been gifted with thanks to my other work on campus. So I turned around and started speaking to those I knew. The student leaders and educational professionals that I now know love the idea and are spreading the word. I spoke to a few of my classes, I went on the quad once and I am using social media. We don’t need thousands of people to be at our club event and not even a hundred but I am sure that is what we will have.
And the next awesome thing about this time around is that I am working with an amazing leadership team. This time instead of being the leader I am one of the leaders. Together we have been sending out Facebook invites, attending planning meetings, and reaching out to all of our networks. I am just positive and sure that whatever happens, if we can stick together, it is going to be a great experience for all of us.