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True Life: I’m a Student Leader

Alarm goes off, it’s time to brush the teeth, do the hair, and put on some “dress for success” clothing. Look at the mirror one last time before heading out the door with the words in my head, “Students look up to you daily, so leave the problems here, and smile on.”

The Daily Grind

Every day when I head out the door, I do have to keep in mind that any negative action I can do will revert back to me as a leader on campus. I am normally a polite person to begin with, but even little things like being late to meetings or joining in on inappropriate jokes can be a bad idea. I try me best to smile and greet all the students who walk by, so that they know if they have a question about the campus they shouldn’t be afraid to come up to me and ask.

After class I usually go to the Harborside Activities Board office in the new Student Life Center to log in my work hours and make sure everything is in check. I will have an up-to-date chat with Ryan Hughes, our graduate assistant and Lauren Dakers, the president. During the rest of my office hours, I would just answer phone calls and emails regarding different programming companies giving our organization ideas on what we can bring to our campus to entertain the students. Honestly, it is tons of fun to do this all. I love it!

Event Day- What happens?

We plan our events months prior before it actually happens. That way we are ready to go with no hesitation.

Bumps in the road occur every now and then, though how do we become stronger without tackling mistakes?

The Directors of HAB reach out to the rest of the members for volunteer opportunities at our events, such as sign-in tables or hosting and mingling with the crowd. Whenever we bring a comedian or any Stage Act performer, the members of HAB greet them and meet them first behind the scenes before they even go on stage. How cool is that?!

I remember during Welcome Week, we brought the comedian Mike E Winfield. Anna, the Stage Acts Director, couldn’t greet Mike because she was in class, so it got turned on me. I was so excited but nervous because it was the first time I got to be the pointee to the comedian!

Our HAB Cinema Series are somewhat of a big deal on campus haha. After renting out the theater at Muvico for the Twilight Premier, students could just not stop talking about HAB. It was such a successful program and we plan on doing more in the future (so be on the look out..)

When we have movies in the USC Ballroom, that is like our own “on campus movie theater”. We have rows of chairs lined up in front of a giant projector screen with refreshments on the side.

Frank, the Director of Film, does a great job organizing his cinema series.

After a couple of hours for a program we put on, when the students leave and the time hits 10 or 11 PM, us in HAB gather our belongings, give ourselves our last few roles of the night (who would take the stuff back to the office, who will alert that the program is done etc) and call it a night. And lets not forget homework and classwork that needs to be done the next day!

Pros and Cons?

Being a student leader definitely has pros and cons. The pros? We get to not only be a role model for many other students, but we get to inspire them to also become one of us. The cons? Well, just knowing how to balance it all. Though if this is a passion- it won’t be difficult to do so.

Making Key Chains

Save Lids to Save Lives

I always felt a major thing this campus lacked was bringing awareness of disabilities or cancers or anything of the sort to the students and faculty. I figured if I started with one thing, it would be a major success with the tight knit campus that we have!

So I decided to start the Yoplait Save Lids to Save Lives program here last year in October.

Saving yogurt lids save lives…? Wait what?

What is this you ask? Save Lids to Save Lives is a philanthropy that takes in the Yoplait Pink Lids as donation money. Each lid is worth .10 cents towards our local Susan G Komen for the Cure.

Last year this program was held by the Residence Hall Association from October 1st through the 31st, and only held in the Residence Hall One. It was done by having floor competitions. By the end of the month the total amount of lids collected were 350, totaling out to be $35 towards the charity.

This year I wanted the program to be a campus wide event, getting faculty and student leaders in on the deal. RHA has a goal of collecting 1000 lids so that the total money donated would equal a solid $100. The first week was a slow one of marketing and promoting the event. 26 lids were collected at the end of the first week. I was disappointed and also scared that I wouldn’t be able to reach the goal of 1000. However I had to keep positive and remind myself that no matter how many lids are collected, it is still donation to the charity.

Yogurt Parfait Table

Yogurt parfait table

Today, however, Harborside Activities Board put on an event call Think Pink. Think Pink was a “create your own yogurt parfait and a breast cancer awareness key chain” event. Yoplait yogurt was provided so that when the students or faculty were finished, they can easily take the lid off and place it in the box supplied.

There was a great turn out of attendance and I couldn’t be more excited to count how many lids are totaled by the end of the week.

I am hoping this is bringing awareness to the campus and I hope that with each student realizes that turning in a simple yogurt lid is contributing so much to fight the cause.