A: SGA Supreme Court Judge Advocate, Vice President of Stilettos a cappella, and Student Administrative Assistant over at the Office of Institutional Advancement.
Q: In 12 words or less, what role(s) do you play on campus?
And then there are the SGA members I have the joy of working with. At the groundbreaking, I had the most wonderful experience of walking towards a sea of people in gold SGA shirts who turned to me and collectively shouted “CATIE WITH A C!” If that doesn’t warm the cockles of your heart, I don’t know what does.
Ah, discouragement. It’s easy to feel powerless, particularly after you’ve attempted something and the results weren’t quite what you hoped. At the risk of sounding cliché, there’s a lot of truth in “try, try again”. If you just take that one extra step (reach out! Ask questions!), you’ll be surprised to find how many resources there are on campus to *empower* you, rather than leave you powerless.
As for the patience aspect…time for a real-life experience story. Ever since my freshman year I’ve been trying to find my right fit at UMBC – academically, socially, and even residentially. I followed the advice that everyone hears: “get involved”. I joined organizations and went to events, but it wasn’t some kind of immediate revelation like everyone said it would be. I still felt like I didn’t really belong.
Then this year, somehow, everything clicked, and I’m suddenly *that* girl – the one who walks into the SGA office without fear and feels warmly welcomed, who’s considering ordering monocles in bulk for an a cappella concert, whose suitemates are like a sickeningly adorable family, and who finally feels wonderfully engaged and fulfilled academically. UMBC has become my true home. I live here, work here, study here, and gladly trade in my free time to be as absurdly involved as possible. (Moral of the story: Get Involved. Be Patient. It will happen.)
Q: Complete this sentence: "I am a big fan of __________"