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A Quick Guide to Leadership Applications

The applications for various leadership roles on campus are due this Friday at noon. For last minute revisions, current leaders have offered advice on the application.

Residential Assistant:

“I was chosen to be an RA because of my leadership skills and because I am an outgoing person,” Jessica Magaña ‘17 said. “A lot is required to be an RA.”

Some key attributes Magaña says to highlight in the application and during your interview is your responsibility, time management, ability to collaborate, and desire to participate.

“During the group interview process, I think it is very important to be yourself. Many times, people try to stand out in a way that no longer seems genuine,” Magaña said.

S3A Leader:

Emily Kowey ’17 was chosen to be an S3A member because she is very active in changing how sexual assault is understood at K. S3A wants students who are creative when planning events, dedicated listeners, and supporters.

“A good way to stand out is to show why you are engaged in the work that S3A does on campus,” Kowey said. She said to answer the question: Do you have previous training that would help in being a peer-to-peer resource for survivors of sexual assault?

Peer Leader:

Bianca Delgado ’17 realizes how important the work of a Peer Leader is. Peer Leaders should be willing to make themselves available to first years and be a resource for information on campus safety, social life, and academics. “You show them the ropes and guide them through their first weeks. Knowing that you build the foundation for some of their lives here at K is really cool,” Delgado said.

Civic Engagement Scholar:

Maribel Blas ’17 chose to apply for a leadership position as a Civic Engagement Scholar because she had a passion for its purpose. Blas said, “Educational disparities is a topic of interest to me and I would tell prospective applicants to explore your passion in order to be a good leader.”

Interfaith Leader:

Shreya Bahl ’17 believes that she was picked as an Interfaith leader because she represents a minority religion in America. “The Interfaith leaders are people that come from a wide range of religious and spiritual backgrounds as well as nonreligious or nonspiritual backgrounds,” Bahl said.

“[Leaders] must be willing to learn and talk about topics such as religion that [are] often difficult and ‘taboo’,” Bahl said.

“This is a unique position because the role is to initiate conversations and learn more about one another, our origins, and share our stories.” According to Bahl, the applicant must show willingness to participate and listen to others in order to make a lasting impression.

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A Quick Guide to Leadership Applications