By Amanda Massarelli
Meghan Couture is an extremely dedicated and wise first year student in the Liberal Arts program. On September 7th, I had the pleasure of meeting with her to discuss her success as the newly elected Coordinator of Charities and Volunteering for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Q: First off, congratulations on your big win! How do you feel?
A: Thanks, and I feel really grateful. I’m so excited to share my ideas and listen to the insights of others.
Q: What made you want to raise awareness about giving back to the community?
A: Throughout my high school years, volunteering was always something that was depicted as being a task and nothing more. So when I started this election, I had the intention to change that mentality. Having fun while making a difference is what I’m all about, and I think if other students get a sense of that, they’ll be more prone to actively participating.
Q: How will you use the feedback of students to inspire productivity?
A: Making sure everyone feels involved is very important to me. Setting up a social media account could be really effective in listening to a variety of thoughts and ideas from students on how to improve the organizational structure.
Q: What are some of the challenges one might face in this position?
A: It’s going to be difficult to ensure that the school’s contributions are positively impacting the committee. [It is also] crucial that people know exactly where their donations are going so there aren’t any confusions. Having said that, I will try my best to assure the whereabouts of all contributions.
Q: What’s your motto in life?
A: In a world corrupted by stress and anxiety, be easygoing. I think that’s what sets me aside from [the] other candidates, as my aim is always to incorporate charity works that are light and fun, but still very rewarding.
Q: Final question, what does being a leader mean to you?
A: The ability to listen is essential to any form of leadership. In order to guarantee group success, one would need to demonstrate the skill of an active listener and that isn’t so easy for closed-minded individuals. A great leader sets out to make a difference, even if that means listening to others before voicing your own opinion. As I always say, two heads are better than one.
I would like to thank Meghan for taking time to get together for this interview, as it has hopefully inspired many to take a stand and make a small difference in the world. The deadline to apply and join the Charities and Volunteering Committee is today, September 11th at 11:59 pm.