I hope the second week of school has treated everyone well. I am dedicated to making this semester better than the last. So far, everything seems to be on track. I hope it stays that way. Surprisingly, I’m caught up in all of my classes! It’s such a simple thing but that alone relieves me of so much stress and leaves room for me to do other things.
As far as extracurriculars go, I’m currently active in Campus Activities Board (CAB), Hawk Leadership Institute (HLI), First Year Seminar (FYS) and Social Justice Organization (SJO). So many acronyms! I’m in the Spotlight Committee (formerly known as Education Committee). It’s really fun and inspiring. We’re planning events that shine light on issues that are relevant to college students but aren’t always talked about. For example, our first in a series of events called “Food for Thought” will be an open discussion about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA, and Title IX. This event is actually co-hosted by SJO. This is the student organization that I started last semester.
I’m really excited because this upcoming week will be our first general meeting! We had a ton of people sign up at the Student Organization Expo this week, which was fantastic. We worked really hard on our booth and I’m glad that people appreciated it and took the time to talk to us and/or sign up. I’m a little nervous because this is the first time I’ve led a general meeting for a student organization. Thankfully, all of the other officers are great and they’ve been helping me navigate this whole leadership thing really well.
Speaking of leadership, HLI is still a big part of my college life. Getting to experience it through the eyes of a mentor is definitely a big change, but it’s one that I really enjoy. We haven’t done much yet, we’ve only
had one general meeting thus far, but I can tell that this is going to be a great group and a great year.
FYS is also known as Learning Frameworks. As y’all know, I’ve been a peer mentor twice before. This year is my third time and I’m liking it more than ever. Not only is the common reader awesome (Hidden Figures) this semester, but I get to work closely with an amazing faculty mentor: Professor Robert Bartsch. As I’ve said, I’ve mentored for this class before, so I know most of the material by heart. However, Bartsch puts his own spin on things and really makes the class his own. I really appreciate it and I think the students are going to love it throughout the semester.
That’s pretty much the update that I have for y’all this week. I hope everyone is doing great. And if not, remember that the newest employee, Murphy the Therapy Dog, has his own office! Stop by and let him give you little dog kisses to make you feel better.