Describe leadership activities that you have been involved in that prepared you for
the position you are seeking to hold.
Resident Community Advisor (RCA): As an RCA in a residence hall, I have learned supervisor
and management skills. I am responsible for overseeing both the hall’s desk aide staff,
as well as the resident assistant (RA) staff. While in the position, I have learned
programs on a hall-wide and sometimes on a campus-wide basis that requires great organizational
skills, and an innate ability to plan and delegate specific tasks. Also, I have served
as the Vice President for Class of 2016, which has enabled me to be connected with
the class through facebook page. I plan on being more active on that facebook page
and update every one of upcoming senior plans if elected.
IWU F1RST Co Founder (first generation based RSO) - The main focus and goal of this
organization is to incorporate college students into the university community, and
new part of their life through navigating students through the resources available
to attain higher education for first generation college students. Promoted an open,
nonjudgmental and engaging environment for the exchanging of idea, feelings, and experiences
of individual students during meetings. Provided avenues of assistance to ensure
that every member of FIRST will find something beneficial to their personal and academic
success while being an active member of this organization.
I was the philanthropy chairman for Acacia for 1.5 years, where I gained experience
organizing philanthropic events and opportunities for my fraternity. I am also on
student senate. Through senate, I have garnered a better understanding of what is
important to students on this campus. In addition, although this is most definitely
not a leadership position, I have participated in a tremendous variety of the events
and clubs on this campus, including Global Brigades, Stand Up Against Cancer, Frisbee
club, Dance Marathon, IWU Interfaith, and more. I’d hope to say with a straight face
that I’ve had a true “liberal arts experience.” Having experienced a little bit of
everything that this campus has to offer, I feel prepared to represent the tremendous
variety of people that is class of 2016.
Why do you think class unity is important?
Class unity is important because once we graduate and leave IWU, homecoming week
and other Alumni events will only be enjoyable in the future if we feel connected
as a class. It’s also important so that we can come together as alumni to help IWU
with events like ‘All In for Wesleyan.’ There are a number of ways we can give back
to our university as Alumni, either financially or with our time, serving as a mentor
to a student or helping a student with an internship. I have been a part of great
program on campus called “Titan Leadership”, which provided mentorship with alumni
currently working at big corporations and reached back to help the Wesleyan students.
I plan on working with the senior committee to program events that brings unity among
our class, so we not only feel connected to the university, but each other as alumni.
Some say that these are the best years of our lives. A significant part of the college
experience is the people around you. I know that I want to look fondly upon my time
here at Wesleyan because of the friends I have made, the majority of which have been
in the Class of 2016. Class unity is important to me as I hope that everyone can say
that they made those lifelong relationships. Our time at IWU brings us together, though
we have to make the effort to maintain them. It should be worth it.
How will you connect with the class if elected to office?
I would definitely provide update on the Facebook page that was created back in 2012
when I was elected as the Vice President of Class of 2016, my freshmen year. I would
try to get all the seniors in a forum where they can communicate with each other and
share thoughts and ideas about senior week. I would reach out to senior senators to
provide updates from student senate and work closely with Student senate for senior
program funding and planning events. I would also work closely with senior committee
to plan senior gift that is unique and reflects our class input.
Anyone that knows me well knows that I love going out of my way to talk to (read:
bother) my classmates. The easiest way to understand what people want is to just ask
them. One question is – what kind of events does the senior class want to see? I’ve
seen firsthand that many great events go on at this school that do not get the attendance
that they deserve. So, I would ask that biology major, that theatre major, football
player, or musician, and find out what they want to see happen.
What do you hope to accomplish if elected to a leadership position for your class?
If elected, I will use my organization skills and work with the Class President to
represent the Class of 2016 in planning activities for senior week, choosing a class
gift and any other decisions that need to be made. It is important to me that the
class members must be a part of the decision, for which Class of 2016 will be remembered
by. I hope to foster a friendly environment to all and be open to accepting others.
I hope to take on projects aiming to keep the class engaged and active. I plan on
making senior week events fun, while keeping the ‘unity’ aspect in back of my mind
to bring the class together and create long lasting relationships. Lastly, I want
the Class of 2016 to enjoy our last year on campus and make the most out of it.
I hope to help make a lasting, positive impression of Illinois Wesleyan on our class.
I know many people that can’t wait to graduate. I very much respect that, and understand
the desire to stop studying, stop paying for college, and make our way into the “real
world.” I, however, and I know there are also many others with this mindset, am having
the time of my life this year. We should be enjoying ourselves. We should still be
making friends within our year. There are a large number of students, that I know,
that don’t know about, ignore, or don’t care about what happens on campus around them.
I want to help the Senior Committee create events that will fix this. We can have
a sort of last hoorah. We’ll miss these days when they’re done. Let’s make the most
of them. How many of you voting actually read this?