Getting Involved with Student Government

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Sarah Nantais

Sarah Nantais

Sarah Nantais is a Virtual Help Desk Navigator at Campus Manitoba. She contributes to "The Navigator," our monthly blog focused on student life.

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I can do it too!

Any student can get involve themselves with how things run on campus. You can join a club, a society and volunteer. There are also jobs specifically designed for students. If you’re looking for something a little more, shall we say, politically driven, you may want to check out student government.

Student government is just that: a governing body usually in the form of a union or council. There are several positions like president, secretary, treasurer and other director positions. If you’ve got a passion for a particular area, like keeping fees low for students or helping international students settle in at your school. You don’t have to be into politics to get into student government, either. Anyone who wants to flex their leadership skills will find a lot of benefit from being involved.

Your Student Government

A lot of schools hold their elections in the spring. That makes now a great time to read up on all the different positions and see if there’s one that fits you. If your school has already had their elections that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck! You can connect with your student government members and chat about your interest in running for a position in the next election. The more time you give yourself to get ready for an election, the better. Being on student council means that you are showing your community that you are willing to work for the better of student life. People will know who you are! That’s pretty cool.

Your student councils are below. If you don’t see your school listed, it just means there’s wasn’t a spot online for their information.

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Lend Your Voice

Being on student government means you get the special privilege of lending your voice to student causes. Due to student government, I was able to go to the dentist. I was also able to use the bus in my university town to get to and from school. And work! So really, it’s thanks to student government that I was able to have a job at all. There are probably a lot of benefits that you experience at school that are due to student government. Maybe you don’t even realize it! Being on student council or holding a spot in government means more than just attending meetings and arguing with people. You’ll be actively participating in shaping your school for the better. Who knows? As a result of you being on council, a new policy that benefits everyone might be passed!

This is a chance for you to make your mark. It also looks pretty sweet on a resume. With winter break coming up, it’s the perfect time to think about whether or not this is something you’d like to get involved with. Take this time to eat great food and consider if you’d like to run for president! Come January, you can jump right into the race with a clear goal in mind.

About “The Navigator”

“The Navigator” is a monthly blog about student life by the Campus Manitoba Virtual Help Desk. Check back monthly to find more tidbits of wisdom with “The Navigator”. You’ll be sure to find all kinds of information that will help you be successful in your educational journey. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news and information!