same position in two clubs or two different positions?

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  1. beardch

    beardch Member

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    A quick question; here's the background. I am a member of the Multiculture Club at my school as well as an organization outside of school that is the youth branch of the community foundation. I was recently elected as Financial Officer of the Multiculture club, and coming up for Youth In Philanthropy (the youth branch of the community foundation) I have been nominated by fellow members to run for Treasurer as well as Communications Director. While both "Treasurer" positions will be somewhat similar they will be different. My question is how would USNA view a candidate as having in essence the same position in two clubs versus having two different officer positions in two different clubs?

    A side note would be to go over my responsibilites for each position:
    Multiculture Club: handle general finances of club including club fees and tee shirt fees, I would also handle sponsorships/donations, as well as getting discounts for group trips outside of school

    YIP:
    Communications Director-send out text/email reminders to all members, coordinate meeting times, locations, as well as activity times, locations; I would also keep track of who is coming, and who isn't and the reason for absence, I then report that to the moderators.

    Treasurer-keep track of money available for grants, as well as the general fund (used for activities, meeting cost, etc) work on building endowment, report all figures at meetings.
     
  2. mammothchick67

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    I don't think it really makes that big of a difference. Just do the activity that you would enjoy the most. However, USNA does like it when kids are elected to leadership positions by fellow students, so that might influence which of the positions you take.

    With that being said, weigh the positions in terms of leadership responsibilities vs your personal enjoyment. Impressing USNA is very important, but doing everything because you think it will look good or catch admissions' eye is not a good idea.
     
  3. 2014-scada

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    beardch: You are spending way too much time thinking about this and to what end may I ask...just follow mammothchick67's advise and just do it. It is irrelevant what USNA thinks about it. Why is it that all of a sudden all your actions are determined by what USNA (or any academy for that matter...) thinks about your ECA? The ECAs you choose is because you like what you do and not to please anybody. The admissions board will see through your attempts at gaming the process. Also by this manner of thinking you are on the wrong track as far as being true to one's self is concerned and this can migrate over to a warped idea about honesty and integrity...maybe that is what you should think about! :rocket:

    This is not really directed at you alone...I have been on this forums for several months now and I am saddened at the fact that a lot of prospective candidates have this line of thinking and their questions about ECAs reflect that thinking. Boys and Girls, please just do the activities that makes you happy and that enjoyment will surface in your accomplishments in that ECA and even peg you as a true leader since you have so much gusto in said activity. We have heard comments about being an Eagle Scout, Boy's State, President of this and joining JROTC, etc. etc. etc. Well guess what, nobody can be all those things and it does not guarantee anything either being in any of those positions or groups. That is the key phrase, no ECA can guarantee you entry in any USxA. Probably the only sure thing is honesty to yourself and the things you do and what you believe will benefit other people. I often tell my students or anybody that I am privileged to tutor or train,

    ...do not measure your accomplishments in a day by the amount of accolades you garner nor the pats in the back, but rather by the number of people that you have touched or have made a difference by...

    Good Luck to you and all your endeavors!

    GO NAVY!
     
  4. beardch

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    Thank you both for your replies. However, with both clubs, there not just "something I do to impress USNA". I have been in both for two years, and as a rising senior it was time to run for elections, based on my decision to apply to USNA and my desire to take a leadership position; I ran for office. My question really involved the view of USNA on someone who essentially had the same title in two organizations. With that being said I was elected by my peers to be the "business manager" of Multiculture Club, and the "treasurer" of Youth In Philanthropy, and I am eager to fulfill my duties. As far as my original question I had the opportunity to run for two different positions in YIP that I thought I would do a good job at, I ended up choosing Treasurer and won the election. Again I agree with the advice of not just doing activities just for USNA, but doing them because it's what you enjoy doing; and in my case I do enjoy participating in both organizations.
     

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