I am not someone who tends to just lounge about. I grow antsy when not doing something. Because of this, I am part of many clubs and have a few jobs. I am co-president of Knitting Knights, co-editor of the creative journal on campus called Graphos, co-president of the SNC chapter of Sigma Tau Delta (the english honor society), secretary and chair holder of a female social group called the Electric Company, and a member of the leadership honor society called Omicron Delta Kappa. I also work at Tech Bar as a consultant, an academic support notetaker, the English TA (teaching assistant), and I work at the cafeteria. I work the maximum of twenty hours a week while being a full time student.
Like I said, I like to stay busy.
For Knitting Knights, we meet weekly to knit baby hats or work on other projects. I teach students how to knit and provide guidance to issues they are stumbling on. I also send them the baby hat pattern. I send reminder emails and post on our Facebook page awesome knitting memes to remind students to come to our meetings. My co-president uploads the traditional weekly selfie onto the Facebook page. At the end of the year, I will bundle all the baby hats and other knitted donations to donate to a hospital.
Graphos is an entirely student run creative journal. I compile all the submissions and send them for review by our student submission board. I then put together all the votes to see what submissions are selected and assign the layout tasks to other group members. Once that is done, I look over what they have done for layout and double check that everything is formatted correctly. After proofreading the journal one last time, we send it to the printers and distribute copies throughout campus.
The best part about Sigma Tau Delta is preparing for conventions. During the fall, we plan service events with the Literary Council of Green Bay and meet to talk about what our plans are for submitting to the spring convention. In the spring, we put our energy into planning and preparing for convention,figuring out budgeting and how we will arrive to convention. Both 2017 and 2018, we drove to the convention and bonded. Some of my favorite college memories have been made at the conventions. In 2017, the convention was in Louisville, Kentucky where I received an honorable mention for my creative prose. In 2018, the convention was in Cincinnati, Ohio where we had a blast and learned more about each other. This years focus was on freedom, so we went to a lot of different museums, like the Underground Railroad Museum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe house. We had fun and were nerds the whole entire time. I have shirts to prove it.
I also have shirts from the Electric Company, the female social group I am a part of on campus. I act as the secretary, taking notes of everything discussed at our weekly meeting and forwarding them to the girls in case they need to return to any of the information on our docket. I keep them updated on events coming up and any sudden changes to meeting times, like a cancellation. I also am the Fraternity Relations chair (or St. Norbert’s affectionate term of Ugly Chair). I keep our Ugly or Fraternity member updated on meeting times, make sure he feels appreciated by our group, and see if he ever needs anything from our group. I also am the Homecoming/Spring Fling coordinator for the Electric Company, meaning I put together our side of Homecoming/Spring Fling events. I wrote our chant for an event called “Scream Your Theme,” organized our rosters to know who was doing what event, and put together our Airbands routine with the help of the girls participating in that event. I believe in having them give their input and am open to their ideas.
I also am a member of Omicron Delta Kappa. We meet every other week and talk about what’s occurring on campus, what we are doing in our other clubs, and how we can improve leadership on campus. I hold a spot on the Public Relations board of the club and help put together posters about what service events we are doing and what our club does through leadership. In the fall of 2018, I will also be taking up the role of president, which I am excited for.
Despite all that I am a part of, I still make time for myself. I enjoy watching movies while knitting and bonding with my roommates. They may not see me very often, but they know at night and on the weekends I am here for them. I know how to budget my time and fit in homework, clubs, and work.