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HOW DID THE ONLINE BUSINESS STUDENT ASSOCIATION (OBSA) GET STARTED?

In January of 2017, the Online Business Student Association was established by Rachel Pruitt and Emiko Bankson, driven by the shared desire to foster a stronger sense of connection with Arizona State University.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF ONLINE BUSINESS STUDENT ASSOCIATION (OBSA)?

Our primary purpose, both historically and presently, is to facilitate connections among high-achieving online students seeking to engage with the ASU Business student community. This collaboration aims to enrich their ASU experience and contribute positively to their journey towards becoming accomplished business professionals.

HOW DOES OBSA FACILITATE NETWORKING AND CONNECTIVITY FOR ONLINE BUSINESS STUDENTS?

Through our dedicated online platform, we offer a comprehensive range of academic, networking, and social resources, including meetings. Our mission is to ensure that each online W. P. Carey student experiences a strong sense of connection, feels valued, and is well-prepared for success upon graduating from ASU.

WHAT KIND OF ACTIVITIES DOES OBSA ENGAGE IN, AND WHAT BENEFITS COME WITH BECOMING A MEMBER?

We host three distinct event categories. Firstly, we conduct insightful interviews with seasoned business professionals, offering valuable insights into their industries and companies. These speakers share a mutual commitment to support OBSA members and encourage you to connect with them on LinkedIn. They serve as exceptional resources, readily available to address queries and provide guidance. Seize this opportunity to enrich your network and gather invaluable advice.

Secondly, we organize engaging workshops that provide opportunities to acquire new skills. These workshops cover a wide range of topics, from enhancing speed reading to mastering networking techniques and optimizing your LinkedIn profile. Our diverse workshops empower you with practical knowledge to excel in various aspects of your academic and professional journey.

Thirdly, we also offer a biweekly "Brew and Banter" session, creating an informal space for online business students to gather on Zoom. These sessions serve as a platform for mingling, mutual assistance, and fostering connections among our members. It's an excellent opportunity to share experiences, exchange insights, and build lasting relationships. Join us for these engaging sessions to further enhance your OBSA experience and broaden your network within the online business community.

WHAT KEY INFORMATION SHOULD ONLINE STUDENTS BE AWARE OF WHEN CONSIDERING JOINING ONLINE CLUBS?

OBSA represent a community of accomplished W. P. Carey Business scholars. Their aim is to establish meaningful connections with the broader ASU Business student community, elevating their ASU journey and enriching their preparation for thriving as future business professionals. Through our exclusive online platform, OBSA extends a comprehensive array of academic, networking, and social resources, including meetings. Our overarching objective is to ensure every online W. P. Carey student experiences a profound sense of belonging, appreciation, and readiness for success upon graduation from ASU. It's worth noting that this vibrant community was conceived by students, for students, reflecting our shared commitment to fostering a supportive and empowering environment.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE CLUB?

We are currently undergoing transitions within the organization, and exciting opportunities await those eager to expand their business acumen, delve into cutting-edge tools, and elevate their networking prowess. Our immediate focus revolves around two key priorities. Firstly, we are dedicated to enriching the business student experience by hosting a spectrum of engaging events. Secondly, in response to the recent pandemic, we are committed to providing comprehensive resources tailored to the evolving needs of our student community. These strategic initiatives underscore our commitment to your growth and success.

HOW CAN ONLINE ASU STUDENTS JOIN OBSA?

Joining OBSA as an online ASU student is easy. Just navigate to the Join Us section and click on "Join Here" to be taken to visit Sun DevilSync. From there, we'll provide you with clear guidance on the subsequent steps.

HOW DO I JOIN A MEETING FOR THE FIRST TIME?

To join a meeting for the first time for members-only, follow these steps:

1. Check your meeting invitation: Look for an email or calendar invitation that contains the meeting details. It should include the date, time, and a link or instructions for joining the meeting.

2. Install any required software: If the meeting is hosted on a specific platform or software, make sure you have it installed on your device. For example, if it's a Zoom meeting, download and install the Zoom application.

3. Test your audio and video: Before joining the meeting, check that your audio and video settings are properly configured. Ensure your microphone and camera are working correctly if you need to use them during the meeting.

4. Join the meeting: At the designated meeting time, click on the provided meeting link or follow the instructions given in the invitation. This may involve clicking a URL, launching a meeting application, or dialing a phone number if it's an audio conference.

5. Follow any on-screen prompts: Depending on the meeting platform, you may be prompted to enter your name or email address before joining. Follow the instructions provided on the screen to complete the process.

6. Wait in the virtual waiting room: If there is a waiting room feature enabled, you might be placed in a virtual waiting area until the host admits you to the meeting. Be patient and wait for the host to grant you access.

7. Participate in the meeting: Once you have successfully joined the meeting, engage with other participants by listening, speaking, or using chat features as appropriate. Follow any meeting guidelines or etiquette shared by the host.

 

HOW OFTEN DOES THE ONLINE BUSINESS STUDENT ASSOCIATION MEET?

The frequency of meetings for the Online Business Student Association (OBSA) may vary based on the organization's specific schedule and the academic calendar. However, OBSA strives to provide regular opportunities for engagement and interaction among its members. Here are a few possible scenarios:

1. Weekly meetings: OBSA may hold regular weekly meetings, providing a consistent platform for members to connect, discuss relevant topics, share updates, and participate in various activities.

2. Bi-weekly or monthly meetings: OBSA might opt for bi-weekly or monthly meetings, offering a slightly less frequent but still regular schedule for members to come together, exchange ideas, and collaborate.

3. Event-based meetings: OBSA may organize meetings in conjunction with specific events, initiatives, or projects. These meetings could be scheduled as needed to address relevant matters, plan activities, or coordinate efforts among members.

To obtain accurate information about the specific meeting schedule of OBSA, it is recommended to refer to the OBSA's official communication channels, such as this website, social media accounts, or direct contact with the organization's executive board members and staffs. These sources will provide the most up-to-date and accurate details regarding the frequency and timing of OBSA meetings.

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