Tell us about your organization:
I am the Director of Events for the Student Programming Association (or SPA). Part of my job is to oversee all of our programming chairs so that includes Special Events, Concerts, Noontime Concert Series, and Lectures. I also run Edventures, which just so happens to be one of my favorite things to do because it gives me a lot of flexibility to work hands on with students and to really help people program things that could benefit other students, not in just an entertainment way but also in an educational way. Edventures is on the track to growing. We have programmed a lot of events in terms of discussions about cultural appropriation, dating and relationships in college. We are currently planning our event for April which is going to be surrounded around relaxation. It’s a very different committee than any other committee we have because it really allows people to be more creative and think more outside of the box.
Why do you think your organization is important and meaningful on campus?
One thing about college is that you get a really good experience, socially. Yes, you may go to class and you may talk to your professors and connect and network with others but it’s really the social aspect of college that really makes people grow. One of the things that the Student Programming Association does is make people grow in a social way. Even if it’s through listening to music or being exposed to different activities, they can do it and bring their friends along with them to something that’s apart of the co-curricular experience. It’s not just about books, studying, and exams. It’s also about having a good time, being entertained, and learning in an entertaining way and that’s what Edventures does. It educates students in an entertaining way.
How did you decide to take on your role as director of your club?
Funny story. I was involved in our Noontime committee at the beginning of my sophomore year and I really started to enjoy what SPA did. It really coincides with what I want to do in my career being a line producer and working in production management. This really resonated with me and I also saw personal growth in myself to be more ambitious and to really get out there. So, in the spring of my sophomore year I applied to be on the executive board. I checked to be Director of Events and Director of Operations and I interviewed and ended up getting Director of Events which was my top position. I was very proud of myself but also shocked that I was able to get there. I just felt like it was time for me to do the one thing that I really wanted to do which was to help people. To contribute to something bigger than myself because SPA has taught me that everything that you do in some way is a service to somebody else. We are all interdependent and that’s something that I live by personally that no man is an island. We don’t do things on our and and we don’t do things by ourselves. There’s never a moment where something I do will not affect somebody and I really wanted to be in a position where my presence, my work ethic, my ambition, my love for this type of thing will affect somebody in a positive way.
How does your work with SPA & Edventures give you the opportunity to use your gifts and passions?
A lot of what my job entails is supporting people, connecting with others, and talking to people. I have to be good at that as a journalism major but it’s something I enjoy a lot. I love connecting with people and figuring out what people do and what makes people tick and what people like, and what is the best way to bring out the best in this person. It puts me in an environment where I have to interact and connect with people constantly. I think, personally, my gift is communication, empathy, and positivity but also extreme curiosity. I’m very curious to know what makes people themselves. That kinda goes into my minor which is Human Development and Family Studies. I think this has allowed me to ask that question frequently and explore all the answers.
Anything to say for students who might want to join this club?
Don’t be afraid. It is a great opportunity. It is one that will help you connect with other people, network, be excited about something. I think that is something that I got out of it that I became excited about something. If you’re in a position right now where you feel like I’m not excited about anything or you’re a freshman and you don’t know what to do and you want to get involved, this is one way to do it and it will lead you down so many other paths that you will be surprised.