BY AVOLIN SEN / STAFF WRITER
With the current elections, I wanted to focus on part of the backbone of student wellness and gathering student feedback on Augustana’s resources. Cue Jess, our VP Communications! If you haven’t heard of her before, she previously was the councillor at large but has now stepped into bigger shoes. I wanted to know how she has been faring with the new title, and her thoughts on the role.
What is your role in the ASA, and what does it entail?
I am the Vice President of Communications. It entails running the Awareness Committee, planning Wellness Week, running the social media accounts, and advertising for the Augustana Students Association. Currently, I am running a Sexual Health Awareness campaign. I also sit on multiple committees, including the Sexual Violence Awareness Committee and the Food Security committee. My advocacy is centred around AUIDS, transportation, minors, and other issues, mainly regarding academics and student life.
Why did you run for this position?
I did not technically run for this position as I was elected Councillor at Large and was appointed Vice President of Communications at the beginning of this semester. However, I ran for the ASA as I cared about Augustana students and wanted to be in a position where I could advocate for their needs and help make a difference in their lives.
What is the best part of working in your position?
The best part has been being able to address student issues and help guide students when they are in need. It is extremely rewarding, and I often find that when I’m having a hard day, I want to work on my ASA duties, which is very fulfilling.
What have you contributed to the university?
I have increased awareness and engagement with the student body. This includes gathering student feedback about many vital issues, such as AUIDS. We have used this information to help inform university discussions. Additionally, I have served on many committees that brought educational and social events, food, awareness campaigns, and other resources to the student body.
Were there any hardships with this position?
It is time-consuming, and you have to deal with a lot of emotionally burdening issues. During my time at the ASA, I have often had to prioritize this position over many other aspects of my life. This is particularly hard as many students need to see most of the hard work we are doing.
Lastly, what advice would you give future candidates wanting to run for your position?
I recommend that they have fun with the role. It is a lot of work, but if you find passion in what you are doing, it feels like something other than work. I also encourage them to remember that although the student body cannot see everything you are doing, it is worthwhile and makes a difference in students’ lives.
So there you have it, folks! Just another way to find out more about the ASA. For more information or enquiries, feel free to stop in and say hi to Jess in the ASA Office.