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Anyway, back to the topic at hand, getting involved on campus can be as simple as going to your faculty student government office and asking if you can help. They usually won’t turn you away, but you will probably have to wait until elections to officially be on council. Once on council, you will be recognised by the university as a student leader, and they will actually put it on your transcript!
Elections are far away? Than Volunteer!
Most elections happen at the end of the year, although some councils elect first year representatives. Most members of council hold a vote, so they can help decide where to allocate the funds collected from the student fees. But if you want a seat on council, be sure to volunteer throughout the year to get your face out there. Once elections come around, the general student population will recognise your face, and as long as you were polite, they will probably vote for you. One easy way to do this is be the bartender for their events. It is a deceivingly easy way to meet a pile of people in a very short amount of time, and associate yourself with positive circumstances.
You’re In! Now What?
Once elections come around and you’re actually on council you will be going to meetings and voting on “motions” (things people want done) left, right, and center. You will see more behind the scenes and it will open your eyes to all the work involved to make a fun year for the students. If your position requires you to plan events, or if you have a team under you, it will teach you time management. It will also give you a taste of leadership and how it can affect you, not to mention a bit of stress. Again, my GPA got me nowhere career-wise, during the interviews I sat down in, they were always asking about my roles on various councils instead of my coursework.
Expanding Beyond Your Faculty Council
If you enjoy your campus life on council than you can step it up to larger responsibilities by joining the campus student union, which represents all students on campus. Your responsibilities will become much larger, in fact many student leaders take a reduced course load in order to complete their jobs. If you want to get involved in something larger, than you can look at CFS (Canadian Federation of Students). In Canada, most student unions are under the umbrella of the Canadian Federation Of Students. There is a lot of controversy whether or not these guys are actually useful and I won’t get into it now, but just so people are aware, the reason some people get involved is because there are incompetent people in power currently, and they want to make a change.
When you were in school did you have anything to do with student government at any level? What is your opinion of your current student government?