I can’t believe it has almost been a whole year since starting to work for BUSU, here at Brock. What started out as a job posting I responded to on Twitter, turned out to be one of the craziest experiences I’ve had since coming to Brock. Everyone always asks me, other students especially, what’s it like working for the students’ union? Although I can’t give out all of my secrets, here are 10 things I’ve learned while working at Brock:
- School will become your second home – you will spend more time at school now than ever before probably, and less time at home with your roommates which can sometimes be a good thing.
- Your joke WILL offend someone – with so many personalities in the room you are bound to say something at least once that someone else won’t like, apologize and move on.
- You will view school from a whole new perspective – working here will change the way you see Brock, you will see how hard students work, how much we need full-time staff, and understand that university is about way more than academics.
- Your colleagues need you, just as much as you need them – you will rely on each other to get things done, and realize that no one can really replace them.
- Don’t be afraid to share your ideas (even if you think they’re bad) – at first you might think an idea is dumb or that no one will like it, but chances are it just needs a little feedback from other people to make it work.
- Everyone has an opinion, try and respect it – you won’t like what everyone has to say all the time, or even the choices they will make, but try to look at the other side and understand where they are coming from.
- You will meet some of your best friends here, some will become like family – this is probably the best part.
- Some people will think they can do a better job than you, they can’t – the truth is no one will understand the challenges that come with your job until they’ve done it themselves.
- You will run into people that don’t always put students first, but this doesn’t mean you need to follow in their footsteps – it’s inevitable that not everyone is on the same page all the time, but focus on what you can do to improve the lives of students.
- You will plant the seeds for trees you will never enjoy the shade of – this one comes from Chris Green our GM, and it’s so true. You will start projects for students on campus and never get to see them come to life, but it’s important to lay the framework and let others finish what you started.
That’s a wrap for me Badgers! I’d like to thank both my other Marketing Coordinators, Racquel and Dave for always having my back, and teaching me what I could never learn in a classroom. I hope you enjoyed reading my words, and to anyone about to start working at BUSU next year, enjoy it!