“So, why do you want to be president?”
I’ve been asked this question a lot over the past week, as I finally decided to tell people that I will be running for President of the 2014/2015 Communication Studies and Multimedia Student Society (CSMMSS). And let me be real with you here – this is something I thought I would never do. Not because I didn’t think I could do the job or because it didn’t interest me, but because I’m terrified of putting myself out there.
You might think I’m kidding, I mean I started a blog, I’ve applied to jobs that I never thought I would get, and I’ve done more than my fair share of large-scale presentations without a hint of nerves. But there’s something different about putting yourself, and everything you stand for, out on the line for all of your classmates to see (and judge). And honestly, I have found myself asking “do I really want to do this?” more than once or twice throughout the process. So do I really want to do this? After giving it a lot of thought – yes, I really do.
The Communication Studies and Multimedia programs at McMaster are taught by wonderful and caring professors, and the amount of talented students that fill the classrooms can sometimes be overwhelming. But throughout my studies I always felt like something was missing – yes, I was learning super cool things about theories and research, but I felt like I wouldn’t have a clue what to do once I stepped out into the real world. And that’s when I realized that I needed to do more than just sit in class and get good grades if I wanted to be successful in my field (especially if I wanted to be the VP of Communications for the NBA – my dream job in case you were wondering!). So I made it my goal to take advantage of as many opportunities as I could find: volunteering in the press office at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, volunteering in the Special Events department at the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA, and yes, becoming the 3rd Year Student Representative for the CSMMSS. I’ve learned so much more from these experiences than I could ever learn in a classroom, and that’s why I want to bring more of these opportunities to my classmates.
And that’s why I’ve coined “what makes your degree different?” as my catch phrase. It’s something I think about for myself on a regular basis, and it’s something I encourage all of my classmates to consider as well. We may be graduating with a kick ass degree in something we love, BUT what’s going to make an employer choose you over your competition (who may have the exact same degree as you)? That’s what I want to help my classmates figure out. Whether it’s through better communicating external opportunities, providing more internal opportunities, or helping more professional relationships grow – I want to give my classmates the tools to think of their degree as more than just a piece of paper.
So, my friends, that’s why I want to be the President of the CSMMSS. It might be a little nerdy, or maybe people will think I spend too much time thinking about my dream job; but Lululemon always says to “do one thing a day that scares you.” So here it goes.