Spartans of UD - Hannah Bauch
Spartans of UD highlights what makes the University of Dubuque special - the people.
Hannah Bauch, of Mount Carroll, Illinois, is a sophomore digital art and design major. She is president of the Photography Club and vice president of the Asian Student Union.
Why did you decide to join multiple student organizations?
"I decided to join multiple student organizations because I wanted to get involved on campus. As a freshman, I came here not knowing many people and I wanted to put myself out there and make some new friends. I was interested in both the Asian Student Union and the Photography Club, so I decided to join. Both were all-inclusive environments where I felt immediately welcomed."
How has being president of the Photography Club and vice president of the Asian Student Union impacted your time on campus?
"Being president of the Photography Club and vice president of the Asian Student Union has given me a sense of community and belonging on campus. I've made lasting connections and truly feel like I am getting the most out of my college experience. I've learned a lot about my racial identity and believe that it's of utmost importance to be an advocate for underrepresented student populations at UD."
What is your favorite part of being involved in student organizations?
"My favorite part has been meeting new people that I may not have crossed paths with otherwise. Through being involved, I've been able to network and make connections while also further developing my leadership skills. I've also enjoyed bonding with my peers who have enriched my life in a variety of ways."
How do you balance your academic studies with your student organization responsibilities?
"Time management and organization are essential. I do my best to stay on top of my homework so I have enough time to go to meetings and events. I've found that using a planner allows me to physically visualize my schedule and workload. I also feel that consistent communication with my advisors is important, so I generally schedule a time to talk with them about the plans for each week."
What advice do you have for other students interested in joining a student organization?
"My advice for other students interested in joining a student organization would be to just do it. Going to your first meeting or event doesn't mean you have to join, but it allows you the opportunity to see what the organization is all about. Speaking on behalf of the organizations I am involved in, everyone is welcome to join the Asian Student Union and you don't need a camera or any prior experience to join the Photography Club. It's important to be a well-rounded student, so join some organizations on campus and get involved!"