I just took the "online survey about your leadership experience at the University of North Dakota" that was sent around to various UND students in student organizations. It was a lot of questions about what type of clubs I've been in, how good a student I've been, etc., but then it got down to details: in the student organization I've spent the most time organizing, how much has it helped me in various aspects of my life?
There were a lot of questions, but the gist is that UND Cycling Club (when I was more involved) was the first group I found who were really serious about what they were doing and wanted to share that intense involvement with other people. It took me two years before I found the club, but in the years that followed, it was a central part of my life until I decided to step away to pursue academics and my personal life more.
UND Cycling Club taught me about (in no particular order)
- how to deal with people I don't agree with
- how to budget money and time
- how to learn to trust that my teammates aren't going to kill me
- group communication and how freaking important that is
- how to think critically and solve problems
- how to understand other "cultures" (everyone learns how to race differently)
- how to understand other "cultures" (everyone gets something unique out of riding)
- how to have a discussion that isn't an argument
- how to boost morale
- all that important stuff they grouped together: setting goals, running a meeting, influencing others, planning and event, advertising an event, presenting and writing
- flying (who knew pilots would be so into cycling?)
- how to be confident in myself and others
- so much more
I've moved on from the club, unfortunately, but that doesn't mean I don't miss the people who were a part of it when I was involved. UND Cycling has probably had the biggest impact of any group of people since I moved to Grand Forks, and for that I am thankful.