Thursday, October 25, 2012

You Can be a Student Leader

Student leadership is one of those phrases often spoken, but rarely considered by most students on campus. Why? Perhaps students think of clubs, organizations, elections and student government. And student leadership can involve all of those things, but in the end it means much, much more.

"Student leadership at Vol State has taught me how to get outside of my comfort zone," said Chanel Alford of Goodlettsville. "What I've learned is that you don't grow unless you do something different. It's always good to do something you haven't done before.

Alford has been involved in so many aspects of Vol State campus life that it's tough to find room to list them all. She's currently president of the Association of Campus Events (ACE). She has also held president positions with the Student Government Association, African American Student Union and the Speech and Debate Team.

Vol State students gathered today to take a closer look at the meaning of leadership in a Student Leadership Symposium organized by the Office of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives. They heard from many speakers, including Edward Garnes, an author,educator and activist, and Dr. Jame'l Hodges director of Student Activities at Tennessee State University.

Karla Chavez of Madison is a President's Ambassador, another prominent leadership position on campus.

"I'm an online student and you don't usually see online students on campus. The President's Ambassador program has helped me make connections with people. I was very fortunate to meet an amazing young man who helped me to get involved in student leadership."

She was referring to fellow ambassador Jesse Walker of Hendersonville.

"Student leadership is a great way to get started meeting people," said Walker. "Ultimately, we'll take all of these skills to the workplace or wherever we go after Vol State."

How can you get involved? Take the time to meet with student leaders and find out about activities on campus. Leadership means taking the plunge and the only way to do that is by diving right in. You can meet folks in the Student Life office in the Wood Campus Center room 215 or just down the hall in the Student Government and Organization office.

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