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Student Spotlight: Amanda Widgay

Amanda Widgay

Major: Liberal Studies with a minor in Special Education
Hometown: Tracy, CA
Class: Senior
Program Position/Job Title: Student Academic Senator for College of Communication & Education

“Kindness is just love with its work boots on”

How did you first get connected with AS Government ?

I had always considered running for AS office, but last spring I had decided I wouldn’t do it because I thought that, as a Senior, my life would be too hectic to do any good. By the time election season rolled around, nobody had announced a candidacy for CME Senator, and the Chair of the Liberal Studies department recommended for me to meet with the Dean and Associate Dean to discuss the possibility of me running. I’m so thankful that Dr. Selvester recognized my potential, or else I wouldn’t be in this position. And though it’s true my life as a Senior is hectic, I am thankful every day to be in this position that allows me to make change on our campus. 

How would you describe your role as a Senator for the College of Communication and Education?

My role is to bridge the gap between students and faculty/staff, and also to provide students with opportunities to be involved. This means meeting with my Associate Dean and the CME Student Success Advisor to share my point of view and to collaborate on ideas to bring to our students. It also includes student outreach. I meet with at least one member of every club in CME once a month, and we’re also working right now to establish student ambassadors for each of the academic departments within the college as well. 

What does working for AS Government do for you personally, professionally, or academically?

Being part of AS Government really pushes me out of my personal comfort zone. A lot of people assume that all of the Officers and Senators are outspoken and extroverted, but I’m honestly the complete opposite- I’m a huge introvert. My role in AS requires me to talk to all kinds of people every day, and it’s an awesome opportunity to push myself to grow as a person. Being able to work with faculty/staff and administrators on such a regular basis also offers me the opportunity to work on my professional skills. 

What do YOU bring to the table in your role as a Senator for the College of Communication and Education?

I have spent my entire Chico State career as someone involved both inside and outside of the classroom. Because of this, I have a lot of wonderful experiences and connections within the College of CME that I can share with other students. 

What are your career plans and how does your role with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?

My current career plans are to become a Special Education teacher. At the surface level it doesn’t really seem like the AS would be helpful to my career planning, but it definitely is! My job as a Senator keeps me very busy and on a tight schedule, so I am developing stronger skills in time management- which is super important as a teacher. The Student Academic Senate is also tasked with addressing any issues we see with curriculum or CSU-related academic work, so I’m getting an inside look at the political side of the education system that I’ll be working in. 

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