Ariel Alvero

Major: Communication Studies
Hometown: Monterey, CA
Class: Senior
Program Position: Commissioner of Student Organizations and Programs

How did you first get connected with the Associated Students?
Over the past few years I have been involved with various organizations on campus. However, I did not feel that I was reaching my fullest potential. I found out that the Associated Students elections were coming up, and I began researching about all of the different positions. The description for the Commissioner of Student Organizations and Programs (SOAP) really stuck out to me and I felt that my past experiences and future aspirations lined up naturally. The more conversations I had with the current officer of the position, the more driven I was to follow through and run for it during elections. The rest is history.

How would you describe your current role in AS Government Affairs?
My current role as Commissioner of Student Organizations and Programs is primarily to allocate funds to student organizations wishing to put on events that enhance the campus experience. I am the chair of the Event Funding Allocation Council (EFAC) that hears these proposals from student leaders and makes decisions that are fiscally responsible. I am an advocate for all of the student organizations, clubs and programs on campus and I try to motivate others to get involved whenever I get the chance. I also work with all of the other student government officers to make sure that we are being as accessible and visible to the students as we can. We are constantly thinking of new ideas about how we can improve the culture and foster better relationships between the Chico State students and members of the community.

What does working as the Commissioner of SOAP do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Being able to serve the students at Chico State has been a privilege so far, and I am always excited to get up in the morning and go to the office to work. Intrinsically, this position has given me a confidence boost in my abilities as a leader and it makes me feel like I am doing something purposeful in my life. Although this is a great job title to put on paper, it cannot replace the motivation and drive that it has given me in my day to day life. I am grateful to be a part of something bigger than myself, and I could not be happier. This job has allowed me to implement communications skills that I have acquired academically and apply them to real life experience. I am a much more confident public speaker, team member, writer, follower, leader and overall better interpersonal communicator through my experience as the Commissioner of SOAP. This job forces me to constantly challenge myself and test my own boundaries of what I am capable of, and I continue to pleasantly surprise myself every day. It’s a humbling feeling to say the least.

What do YOU bring to the table in your position as a Commissioner?
I bring enthusiasm and laughter. I truly believe that you cannot motivate others if you are not confident in yourself or your cause. I am passionate about this position, and I want to share my excitement with others. Life can be serious, and sometimes too serious. Being able to bring people back down to earth with a lighthearted sense of humor reminds others that we are all human in this messy life.

What are your career plans and how does your job with the AS Government Affairs better prepare you for that path?
After I graduate in spring 2014, I plan on pursuing my master’s degree in Communications. Ultimately, it would be a dream of mine to work in the San Francisco area in a Public Relations or Event Management position. This desired field of work compliments well with my position at the AS because I am working with a large population as part of my role within a large corporation. My primary responsibility as an AS officer is to oversee the processes of putting on events, so this is also a tangible skill that can be transferred to many jobs that I would like to pursue after I complete my schooling.