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5 reasons you should
run in IGNITE’s elections

by Danya Elsayed

No physical exercise required for this run.

Although school is back in session, the recent College Faculty strike is a not-too-distant memory for most of us. It’s impact may have left you with an interest in becoming more involved in the decisions that are being made at your school. Maybe it’s given you some ideas for improvements you’d like to see around campus. Whatever the case may be, being attuned to what’s happening around your school makes you a great candidate for any IGNITE position!

So if you want to get involved around the Humber and Guelph-Humber community, but are still on the fence about whether or not you should run in the elections this year, you’ve clicked on the right article! Here are the top 5 reasons why you should run in IGNITE elections:

1. Change your campus

Students interested in running for President, Vice President, or Board of Director commit their time, skills, and ideas to bettering the Humber and Guelph-Humber community. IGNITE executives play an important role in shaping student life. They represent students’ concerns and create initiatives to help tackle them. BODs make sure that IGNITE stays on track by adhering to its mission, vision, and values. This includes budget concerns, strategic planning, and representing the student body.

Execs work on projects year-round to help support students, and if you’ve got enough determination and are willing to work hard, the possibilities of what you can do are endless! For example, this year’s Lakeshore VP, Alissa Lim, has been working on her pilot initiative to provide female students with free pads and tampons. If the initiative proves successful, it will become a permanent service for students at Humber and Guelph-Humber!

If you want to keep up to date on what executives are doing, check out IGNITE’s Behind the Scenes series uploaded on Facebook and YouTube every other Thursday.

 

2. Grow as a person

Taking on new challenges encourages you to learn more about yourself, your school, and the world around you. It also helps to unveil talents and skills you may not have known you had. Being part of the IGNITE team gives you the opportunity to strengthen your leadership skills. It also allows you to network with people from all campuses. You’ll be able to form new connections, and get feedback from students regarding important decisions.

Leadership positions help prepare you for future challenges by teaching you practical skills and increasing your employability. They are great practice for your future career path. Bonus? It shows employers that you are able to handle a variety of tough responsibilities.

Man showing a thumbs up

3. Make money

Bettering your school community might already be enough motivation for some to run in the upcoming elections, but what about the added bonus of getting paid? Being a student isn’t cheap; with tuition, bills, and other necessities to pay for, it feels like we’re always spending!

IGNITE recognizes that being a leader on campus is a big time commitment. That’s why we offer competitive rates to help ease your financial worry. Maybe by the end of the term you’ll finally be able to take that trip you’ve been planning to Cuba!

The actor, Eddie Murphy, relaxing on a beach.

 

4. Work with amazing part-time and full-time staff

IGNITE staff are mainly students and few full-timers who work in the Services, Events, and Communications departments. You’ll meet people that work with social media, digital design, content writing, and events that have many different skills to share. This will give you the chance to learn new things you may not have gotten the chance to do before.

Maja Jocson, IGNITE President says, “Everyone is easily approachable and are always willing to help, which truly motivates me to work hard every day. Without their help, we wouldn’t be able to achieve the goals we set up for ourselves and support our peers in the best way that we can.”

Humber IGNITE staff, John, Tristan and Laura hanging out

 

5. Access to different networking opportunities 

As an IGNITE executive, you’ll have access to many opportunities inside and outside the Humber and Guelph-Humber campuses. The President and VPs represent students both inside and outside of school as the official spokespeople at various functions and events. During the 5-week strike in October, Maja Jocson, IGNITE president, was able to speak with numerous government officials regarding key decisions affecting students.

Jocson commented, “Representing students at various events is like having an interdepartmental internship that enables you to work with various people and explore different roles and industries.”

VPs and Board of Directors work actively on issues inside campus. They are the voice for students for each individual campus and represent their concerns to the President and other important stake holders.

Humber IGNITE President Maja Jocson & 7 other student presidents smiling while posing with minister Matthews
IGNITE President Maja Jocson & seven other student presidents meeting with Minister Matthews

 


IGNITE amplifies the voices of over 30,000 students. We’re looking for people who have the dedication, commitment, and interest to support the Humber and Guelph-Humber community. If you think you’d be a great addition to the team, nominations for the 2018-2019 elections are now open. Time to to start thinking of your catchy campaign slogans! But before you start, check out our article on 5 things you should keep in mind before running for elections.

So, what are you waiting for? Print your nomination package, or pick it up from the IGNITE office in KX202 at the North campus, and K204 at Lakeshore.

Good luck!