With Winter Quarter quickly coming to a close, Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff are all starting to prepare for the 2015-2016 school year. For many campus departments, this means filling student leadership positions, a process that began on February 23.
This year’s available positions are: Admission Intern, CCPD Career Associate, LandSea Leader, CIP Peer Advisor, CIP International Student Peer Mentor, Peer Leader, President’s Student Ambassador, Resident Assistant, Sexual Safety and Support Alliance (S3A) Team Member, Interfaith Student Leader, Student Code of Conduct Hearing Panelist, Sustainability Intern, and Kalamazoo College Fund Class Agent.
An email about these leadership positions went out to students last Monday, and application information can also be found on the Hornet Hive or at https://campus.kzoo.edu/leadershipPositions/. All positions require a Joint Application Form with at least two references from the campus community, as well as job-specific supplemental applications.
Although candidate and application requirements vary from position to position, all of these opportunities “demand a capacity for personal development and positive peer interactions, resulting in heightened interpersonal skills,” according to the Student Leadership Application Center website. Several of the positions are also paid.
All of these roles are designed to offer students a way to connect with the campus community and gain work experience—a claim that many current student leaders have found to be true. “The best part of this job is sharing stories with residents,” Marlon González ’17 said of his position as a Trowbridge Hall Resident Assistant. “Outside this job, I would have walked past a lot of amazing people.”
For Alex Werder ’15, becoming a Peer Leader was an opportunity to shape the K experience for incoming students. “I decided to apply to be a Peer Leader because I remembered being a first year and the simultaneous feelings of excitement and freak-out that came with orientation,” Werder said. “I wanted to do my part to help make that process all about the excitement for this year’s incoming first years.”
Siwook Hwang ’17, a LandSea Leader, shared this sentiment. “I led LandSea to facilitate self-driven transformations and reflections in the incoming students, just as my leaders had done for me,” Hwang said. “The experience I had leading LandSea still challenges me to push my limits and become a more compassionate person.”
Student leadership positions require a great deal of dedication, however. “Orientation [as a Peer Leader] was the most exhausting thing I have ever done in my entire life,” Samantha Weaver ’17 said. “I am glad that I did it, because I found my Peer Leaders to be really helpful and wanted to provide that support system, but it was very intense.”