It feels so appropriate to be writing this post today – after our energetic Monday morning meetings and a weekend outing (where we all took time out of our busy lives to play dodge ball… even though we all probably couldn’t afford to take away that much time from our studying… #YOLO).
I don’t think I can put into words just how much being a part of the CSMMSS has affected my life this year, but I’m going to try.
Coming into my third year, I really wanted to be an involved member of the Department – but I’m not the most extroverted person, and I don’t think I have to explain why trying to find your place within the University is more than a little intimidating. But acting as the Third Year Representative for the Society this year not only helped me find my ‘place’ within the larger McMaster community… it taught me invaluable leadership skills that I will carry with me no matter where the next year leads. And I know leadership can sometimes be an overarching term, so more specifically, some of the skills I learned include: when to speak up, and when to sit back and watch others create their vision. How to trust my teammates, and myself. How to stay positive even when the cards are stacked against you. How to fearlessly voice my opinion and stay true to my personal values…. and so much more, but I want to keep this as short and sweet as possible.
Not only was I given an incredible opportunity to learn and develop my skills, but I also built a professional network. Over the past few months I’ve been incredibly career-focused, and I’ve found myself faced with professional-based questions that I didn’t really know how to answer. But thankfully the other team members were always open and willing to help me work through my questions, just as I have, and always will, be here for them. And that’s why I love the team.
And that’s why I have such a passion for (hopefully) remaining a member of the team in the year to come. Because this experience has affected my life in ways that I never would have predicted, and I want to create a similar experience for all of my classmates. There’s no reason why we can’t build a strong sense of community within the CS&MM departments through both personal and professional relationships, especially with so many talented and experienced students among us – there are so many things we could learn from one another, so let’s start.