I desire to be the President of the Graduate Student Association (GSA) because after serving on the Senate for the academic year of 2018-2019, I have learned a great depth about GSA. For example, GSA is a prime organization, that is ran by the students, for the students. I have also learned that, we, the students have the power to make the change that we want to see. Most importantly and with the help of all the graduate students, I will be able to soar into the Executive position as the President of GSA. During my undergraduate experience, I served as a Senator for the United Students Government and following such, during my Graduate experience, I served as a Senator for GSA. Through these positions, I have learned what it takes to be an exceptional member within the organization. One must not only hold leadership qualities but, being a great communicator, listener, and having the willingness to collaborate across the institution are substantially important. While there is always room for improvement within any organization, I am here to let you know that because I hold the qualities as listed above, change within the organization will not only be possible, but positive.
I believe I am the best candidate for the Executive Vice President position because being a member of the GSA since last Fall, I have learned a few things from every meeting, which can either be considered or improved for the future. Increasing awareness of the GSA, which in return may increase attendance numbers, and actually catering to the general graduate student body would be two significant factors I intend on improving. The GSA has a lot to offer graduate students, but many of us may not even know what GSA is, and I plan to change that this upcoming year as Executive Vice President. I understand the hard work, effort, dedication, and teamwork that has to be put forth into the GSA, and I can bring those attributes and many more to the table.
Throughout collegiate career, I have been involved in many financial conversations. In my undergrad years, I served on the finance committee of my college's Student Senate and eventually became the Senate president. As Senate president, I oversaw the rewriting of our constitution. Now, I work as a Resident Director where I manage a budget for my Resident Assistants' programs. I strongly believe that my years of experience handling various types of budgets will support my ability to effectively utilize the finances that the Graduate Student Association has.
Throughout my academic history and service-learning experiences at Buffalo State, I have grown to appreciate the importance of the Graduate Student Association (GSA) mission of representing and supporting our current and future student population. Becoming the Vice President for Administration would allow me the opportunities of being engaged, staying informed, and serving our student community. I understand the importance of the dedication and collaboration necessary to effectively operate within an association, and those attributes along with my organizational skills and attention to detail would be an asset to the position.
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