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Ashley Simon

Major: Psychology and a Minor in Women’s Studies
Hometown: Tulare, CA
Class: Senior
Program Position: AS Project Assistant

How did you first get connected with AS Government Affairs?
I became involved with AS Government Affairs my freshman year through the Freshman Leadership Opportunity (FLO). FLO allowed me to see all of the different programs, services, and opportunities that the AS has to offer. Through FLO, I was able to shadow the AS Elections Coordinator and learned about how our AS Government works. This program helped me gain the knowledge and skills necessary to earn a position at the front desk of the Government Affairs office where I was later promoted to my current position as Project Assistant.

How would you describe your current role with Government Affairs?
My official title of AS Project Assistant doesn’t really give a good description of what my responsibilities are. My role is essentially that of an office coordinator for Government Affairs. I work with the various funding accounts that we sponsor, such as Revenue Sharing, and our two funding councils, the Diversity Affairs Council and the Event Funding Allocation Council. Along managing these accounts, I oversee the front desk staff and act as support staff for our student officers, the Government Affairs Program Coordinator and the Director of AS Programs.

What does working for Government Affairs do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Working for Government Affairs allows me to stay involved on campus while still being able to pay my bills! I love being able to support those who work so hard for our students, campus, and community, and it really gives me a sense of fulfillment. It is important to be knowledgeable about issues and successes on campus, and working for Government Affairs allows me to stay connected. My role is also helping me to acquire transferable skills that I can take into a variety of different fields, giving me valuable confidence and experience for future opportunities.

What do YOU bring to the table in your role as the AS Project Assistant?
Through my involvement in FLO, the Wildcat Leadership Institute, Alpha Omicron Pi, and my previous experience as a front desk assistant in Government Affairs, I have an understanding of what our students’ needs are. I am also the kind of person who likes to improve upon things to make them more efficient, which is perfect for the position of Project Assistant! I am constantly given opportunities to improve the way we do things in Government Affairs.

What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
I am a Psychology major with plans to go onto graduate school. Working with the Associated Students allows me to work with a lot of different people with different strengths in a variety of situations. I’m learning how to adapt to other people’s ways of doing things and how to support them in the best way possible. My job also allows me to figure out what kind of environment I work best in, and what kind of people I work best with. Being aware of these things and being adaptable is going to be valuable in graduate school because, well, graduate school is hard and knowing these things about me and others is only going to make it easier!


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