Quick Disclaimer: I already blogged about my other favorite student involvement,, and I don’t want to do a repeat blog – so if you’d like to read about Colleges Against Cancer (you know you do!) then check out that old post!
I’m also involved as a Viterbi Freshman Academy Coach, which I love as well.
Anyway, time to talk about the cream of the crop! ASBME
Somewhat obviously, ASBME is the org to be in if you’re an undergrad or grad student in biomedical engineering. Joining ASBME is a great way to have fun, get involved, and meet new people in your major! Whether you’re interested in advancing your career, improving your academic skills, helping out in the community, or just having fun, ASBME is for you! (And since I’m interested in all those things, this is a situation that is pretty full of win).
We have corporate events like the annual corporate dinner where we get to network with tons of BME companies! In addition, we have regular visits from corporate representatives who just want to talk to BME students.
Like many clubs at USC, we have do a lot of philanthropy work like beach cleanup and middle school science workshops.
My favorite part of ASBME, though, are the social events! We do tons of fun things like paintballing, tailgating, beach bonfires (like the one we did with IEEE, Ryan’s favorite org), racquetball tournaments, LA Kings Games, and much more!
I’ve met some really cool people through ASBME, and I love all the benefits of the club, so I keep getting more involved. Freshman year, I was just a member, sophomore year I joined the Eboard as webmaster, and this year I am the Chair of Mentoring Programs!
As chair of mentoring programs, I match up any interested freshmen with upperclassmen BMEs to answer any questions they might have about their major, classes, or even just college life in general. To match people up, we had a couple fun social events with lots of ice cream and snacks! Since then, we’ve had several smaller events for mentors and mentees to enjoy together, and I am working on getting prizes for the best mentoring groups at the ASBMEntor olympics I’ll be running at the end of the semester!
Oh, and I shouldn’t forget to mention another reason I love ASBME so much. We’re incredibly legit and have multiple trophies to prove it! Last year we won the “Tommy” for best student org on campus (out of ALL the 700+ student orgs here!). Not only that, but we won the award for best Viterbi org as well! So ya, we basically dominate this school 😛