Marissa Mayer, Ursula Burns, Meg Whitman, and countless others didn't become the CEOs of huge tech companies just because they are smart and talented. They also possess one important thing—leadership, a skill that once acquired allows you to stand out in any science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields.
In my freshmen year, I had the courage to take the first step in becoming a leader. I attended NYIT's club fair and signed up for all the available clubs on campus. Soon after, I attained leadership positions in different clubs. Currently I serve as president of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chapter at NYIT's New York City campus. Being part of an organization or club helps you develop communication and business skills. You learn about planning, organizing, and budgeting. Most importantly, you understand how to be a good leader.
How can you become a leader in the STEM field? First and foremost, sign up for STEM clubs offered on NYIT campuses such as SWE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Students Working to Advance Technology (SWAT), and National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). These clubs offer interesting events, scholarships, and opportunities to participate in competitions and conferences. Recently, NSBE went to a conference in California, IEEE held multiple competitions, and SWE welcomed many prestigious schools and speakers to attend a networking event at NYIT. Next step, become an active member on campus, make your own events, and network.
Take it from me. Being a leader on campus is not hard. It's a fun, interesting experience.