New leaders, same goal

April 23, 2013

By Nitin Shyamkumar

I founded Engineering Club last March with a different vision for science and engineering clubs at school. The Skyline Engineering Club would teach engineering concepts that underlie the physical experimentation present in other clubs.

These concepts, not detailed in school, would then be incorporated into regular projects. Yet, the club did not begin this way; it was rooted in lecture-based discussion. Despite suggestions for improvement from general members through a Google survey, it was leadership initiative that resulted in more interactive projects.

Nitin Shyamkumar  Skyline High School

Nitin Shyamkumar
Skyline High School

For Engineering Club, the current leadership is a more integral part of the club than it may be for many larger clubs. Much of the general direction is provided by my vision as president, and that vision continuously shifts according to feedback from the other officers and general members. Despite variations in the vision, the ultimate direction of the club is determined by the vision of me and the other officers.

From my limited experience with organizations such as the Skyline DECA chapter, the presence of a national organization creates a sense of continuity with consistent purposes and goals. Yet, Engineering Club, and many other small clubs for that matter, don’t always have these larger goals or directives to provide a general direction.

I do have regrets that I was not able to enact all the ideas and visions I had for the club. I have regrets that my vision will likely not be manifest in the years to come, as different groups of leaders move through the organization. However, looking at the bright underclassmen that are passionate about engineering, I have confidence that despite the revolving groups of leaders, each providing different directions, they will all continue to advance the club’s ultimate goal of cultivating interest in STEM fields.


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