Will you be on campus for both the following Fall and Spring Semesters?
In your words, what is the purpose of ISA and the role it should play in supporting international students at UMaine?
The purpose of ISA is to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for the international students and international community of UMaine, in addition to promoting cultural exchange with other students. The role of ISA in supporting international students relies heavily on coordinated events that provide an opportunity for these students to relax from the stress of school, meet new people, and have fun with their friends at events like Coffee Hour, Oronoka, and various others.
What are your top 3 goals for ISA in the upcoming school year?
My first goal for ISA is to have more new events during the school year, in addition to the regular ones such as Coffee Hour. These events may include formals, teas, movie nights, potlucks, and others. My second top goal for ISA is to promote an image of UMaine’s international student body, through platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube, in a way that reflects the different students of UMaine and how they add to UMaine. My third goal for ISA is to promote ISA as a safe place for new and old students to come for cultural exchange, question answering, and concerns about living in Maine/a new country, rather then just an organization that holds events.
Describe a successful program that you have been involved with. Why was it a success? What role did you play in the event organizing that helped it to succeed?
As a student at UMaine for the past three years, I have had the opportunity to partake in a variety of community events. I worked previously as an administrative aide at the Student Employment Office and worked closely with leaders there in organizing the annual Student Employment Recognition Week. This event takes place over the course of a week and involves a variety of roles, such as calling for donations, sending letters, promoting the event through social media, and poster production (all of which I assisted with). Additionally, as current secretary of ISA I have had the opportunity to help in coordinating events such as coffee hour, ice skating, and Oronoka. My role within these events has heavily involve event promotion through social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, in addition to making posters, tabling, coordinating with other UMaine student groups, and participating in event committees.
What relevant leadership positions have you held at UMaine or at other institutions?
I worked previously at UMaine’s Student Employment Office as an administrative aide, which gave me insight in event coordination and formal communication. Additionally, I was the secretary for my high school student government both Junior and Senior year, as well as ISA secretary as of February 2019. I also am conducting an undergraduate research project at UMaine’s plant pathology lab, which has helped me grow in responsibility and independence for the past two years.
What leadership positions will you hold in other campus organizations during the up coming school year?
I will continue working as an undergraduate researcher until my graduation in May of 2020.
What qualities do you possess which make you uniquely qualified for the officer position that you are running for?
I am highly organized and efficient, and always motivated when it comes to helping out the international community (even if that means writing 17 emails, bugging people to help, or staying up till 2 in the morning to get something done). I love to help with events, work with other groups, volunteer, and get to know all the different and wonderful people at UMaine. I have had hands-on experience with ISA since I was a freshman and have been heavily involved since. I love what I do in ISA and I love the people I work with!
What else would you like voters to know about you?
If you need someone to talk to, hang out with, ask questions to, or anything else, come find me! I love to make new friends and I love to help out. I’m also allergic to avocados, so please don’t feed me guacamole