There are three things that I believe to be vital to the success of any student lead society: Passion, Vision and Great Time Management skills!
I started getting involved with societies at high school in Antigua where I participated in a variety of both co-curricular and extra-curricular activities like the Young leaders, Junior Achievement, Environmental and Tourism Cadet Corps and the Department of Culture’s Steel Band and Youth Choir. However once I enrolled at New College Nottingham, UK, I was ready to get involved. In 2010 I was elected Student Union President for the college. And, for the first time in many years, student engagement with extracurricular activities was at its highest …Even the election process saw an overwhelming number of student voters! I was buzzing!
Serving as leader for a society isn’t easy. That’s where the passion comes in and overrides the doubts and fear of failing. But the good thing is that, ‘You’re only as good as your Team!’
Being a society leader opens doors to a lot of opportunities. My fondest highlight is speaking at Nottingham Parliament petitioning for student’s EMA. And, by virtue of my leadership status I also sat on the board of governors of the college what an experience!
At university my first year was very normal. I just tried to get through, get good grades and move on to the next year….who was I kidding? My mind is always planning the next big thing! Over the summer of 2013 I came up with a few ideas for the events management society–an event launch. I wanted cocktails, games, mingling and just students getting to network with tutors and other events students. I pitched my idea to my tutor who suggested linking this social with the society’s election night. The event was a success and the events committee was formed with me being elected Vice President and Finance Officer.