By Rebecca Morrow
As a freshman back in Fall of 2021, the best advice I was told was to join clubs and stay out of your dorm. At first, looking for organizations to join can be a little overwhelming, especially with the thousands of choices Texas State offers. One I highly recommend for business-majors or people who are looking for a professional group of peers is the Women in Business club here at Texas State
If you are looking for something very low-key but also productive, Women in Business is perfect for you. For girls looking for friends with similar goals or looking for a support group, it is a great place to start.
I joined WIB last semester in the Spring, and I honestly wish I would have joined my freshman year. I have made so many friends and have found so many study groups with people who are in my classes.
Meetings are bi-weekly in the McCoy building, and they usually consist of a guest speaker talking about their personal experience in their career or a workshop to develop real life skills, “how to adult” if you will. But it’s not all business, there are also many socials to interact with other members and relax after a long day of classes.
Some of the events I vividly remember were the Vision Board Social Event, the Resume Workshop, and attending the 20th Annual Bobcat Build as a member of Women in Business.
During the Vision Board Social event, we got to cut out pictures of what we wanted our professional and personal lives to look like outside of college. My collage is currently hanging above my desk so I can look at it first thing when I wake up.
The Resume Workshop was such a life saver. I thought I had a decent resume before, but someone from Texas State Career Services gave us some pointers to help our resumes really stand out but to also stay clean.
And of course, best for last, was the 20th Annual Bobcat Build. I went in that morning only knowing a couple of people but came out making so many new friends by painting a house together. Words can’t explain, you just had to be there. Bobcat Build was so much fun, I felt like/as if I was one of the Property Brothers.
But don’t just take my word for how great it is to be a part of WIB. I had the chance to talk to the Director of Philanthropy, Abby McCullough, and Secretary, Carolina Garza Hernandez, about why you should consider becoming a member!
When asked when and why these ladies joined Women in Business, McCullough said, “I wanted to join something that aligned with my interests. It was just the right place for me. I joined for the sisterhood aspect, as well as the fun aspect, the volunteer aspect. The motivation aspect, because when you see people with the same goals as you, it makes you want to improve on yourself, and that was something I was really looking for.”
“For me, I’m not from the area, so when I finally went to Texas State, I was looking to meet other girls that I could be friends with, but also and some similarities with me,” Hernandez said. “I’m not technically a Business major because Advertisement doesn’t fall under McCoy, but Women in Business accepts all majors. Advertisement is not to different from business, so I was also hoping to meet some girls from my major as well.” Abby’s favorite event was Bobcat Build when everyone got to work on a community project together and Carolina’s was the river picnic social where they got to bring snacks, board games, and just relax.
So, why join WIB? McCullough said, “You are told a lot your freshman year to utilize your resources, and WIB is a giant resource. It’s a huge networking opportunity, it’s a big voluntary opportunity, I have friends from WIB I would not have found anywhere else, it’s like a one-stop shop. It has it all.” Hernandez said, “So far, I have enjoyed all the workshops we have had and as a woman, all of them have worked in my favor in some kind of way. The workshops are so diverse, we have guest speakers who are businesswomen, who work in real estate, all kinds of jobs. It’s not necessarily just business related, some of them are and some of them aren’t. The guest speakers we do have are there to benefit you. I have met some of my girlfriends from the socials. We have resume workshops, we have free head shots, if you have a specific request about a guest speaker, we will find someone to speak to you or the whole group. They are there to teach you.”
Again, this amazing organization is not exclusive to any majors or any backgrounds. Anyone who wants to develop or build upon their professional skillset should come. Even if you just need a support system of incredible women or have nothing to do on Monday nights, come to a WIB meeting! I promise you will not regret it.
Check out WIB’s socials for more information!
LinkedIn: Women in Business Texas State University
Written by: Preethi Mangadu