Politics. I know that if you said this word to me a few years ago, I wouldn’t have even known what you were talking about. But here I was this year running in not only one election, but two elections on campus!
Student groups and unions are one of the best ways to get involved on campus. You can tailor your involvement to be as broad as you want it to be! I started out by getting involved in student groups when I was elected on as a first year representative for the Graphic Communications Management Course Union during my first year. Fast forward to this year, and I ran alongside two fantastic slate teams in the Ryerson Student Union (RSU) elections, as well as the Ryerson Communication and Design Society (RCDS) elections. For the RSU, I ran as a Faculty of Communication and Design Director and for the RCDS, I ran as the Vice President of Marketing. Luckily, I am honoured that I was elected on for both positions.
Yes, elections and politics can be scary at times. They bring out a lot of long nights and longer days, but the payoff in the end is what makes it all worth it. During both elections, I met some of Ryerson’s top student leaders and now I get to work with them on the daily. If I could give any student a piece of advice it would be this: make your time at university memorable, and make yourself memorable. I can’t think of any better way to do this then to get involved and to make a positive change on your campus. So yes, you could say my time with politics brought on a lot of blood (not literally), sweat and tears but the payoff that I received, and what I can do with these positions next year will be the big payoff.