Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how involvement in leadership positions in clubs and organizations impact students’ college experience and wellbeing. The questions that guided the research were (a) how does a student’s involvement in leadership positions in clubs and organizations impact how he or she views the college experience, and (b) how is a student’s sense of wellbeing affected by his or her participation in leadership positions? Through semi-structured interviews, six major themes emerged: mentorship, past experiences, increase in leadership skills, being in relationships with others, leadership identity development, and difficult transitions. The essence of this study is that a student’s involvement in leadership positions in clubs and organizations has a positive and formative impact on a student’s overall college experience and wellbeing. A discussion of the connections between involvement, leadership, and wellbeing is provided, in addition to research limitations, implications for future research, and implications for practice.
Saunders, Tricia, "The Impact of Leadership Involvement on College Students' Experience and Wellbeing" (2017). Master of Arts in Higher Education Theses. 87.