Major: Organizational Communication
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
Angie knew as an incoming freshman that she wanted to be a part of something bigger than herself, so she applied for Freshman Leadership Opportunity (FLO). She was able to shadow the AS Multicultural Affairs Commissioner where she learned the nuts and bolts of student organization programming and funding. That prepared her well to sit on both the Multicultural Affairs Council and the Activity Fee Council during her sophomore year. As a junior, Angie wanted to continue her experience with AS Government Affairs, so she applied and was hired to be the Communications Coordinator for the program. In this capacity, Angie became the social networking guru whose job it was to tell the story of AS programs, activities, events, campaigns, fund-raisers, etc. “I served as the bridge between the campus and AS programs by blogging, twittering, Facebook posting, etc.” She was also the liaison with the Orion and helped to keep the AS website event calendar updated.
Midway through her second semester as the Communications Coordinator, the position of Student Organizations and Programs Commissioner became vacant, and Angie stepped up from vice chair to become the commissioner. The commissioner oversees the Event Funding Allocation Committee which provides money for student organizations to develop special interest programming. Angie reviews funding guidelines and council procedures with clubs/organizations who desire to present a proposal to the council. Once proposals are formally submitted, the council reviews them and allocates funding through a majority vote.
“My involvement has enriched me in so many ways. It has enhanced my professional skills – especially communication and time management. Most importantly, it has made me realize that higher education is my passion. I changed my major because now I want to go to graduate school and ultimately work in Student Affairs on a university campus.”
Anjie’s involvement extends beyond Government Affairs. She is the vice chair of Women of Excellence which is a multi-cultural organization for women on campus. Angie sums up how all these experiences have shaped her by saying, “I’m open to different views, but will voice my opinion. I am empathetic to others. I work with a very diverse group of people who have provided me a great deal of insight.”
In Angie’s words:
My experience in the AS has opened my eyes to the real world. In class you get text learning. But here you have real life opportunities to learn by doing.