“What do you want to be when you grow up?” | Why I’m running for President.

 

Remember when we were younger? People would always ask us, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Our answers were as ambitious as they were various. A ballerina. A police officer. An army fighter. A painter. A nurse or doctor. An astronaut. Whatever we could come up with in our young, beautiful minds.

As we grew older, the questions changed from “What do you want to be when you grow up?” to “What are your plans after graduation?”. Reality set in. The expectations to continue with formalized education. The ever-mounting cost of post-secondary education. Job prospects.

And now, with time split between studies, work, maintaining personal relationships and self-care, being asked such a question is met with puzzled glances and nervous laughter.

Well, I’m running for President to ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

As President, I want to ensure our Students’ Union offers all of the services, resources and support you need to reach your dreams.

This can be campaigns and events that fuel leadership in academics, athletics and social justice – both globally and locally. This can be services where students can get food when times are tough or a continuing a centre that offers support for our LGBTQ+ community. This can be advocating for the use of tuition fees on student services right here on campus, and the eventual abolition of fees provincially.

As President, I want to have an open-door policy where every single student – from a first year student right out of high school to an international student persuing a graduate education to a working professional taking courses online to a single mother who is returning to post-secondary education, and everything in between.

I want to ensure each and every student feels welcomed and comfortable to come to my office, share with me their story, and answers the question “What do you want to be when you grow up.”

As President, I want to work with, not against, the incredible leaders within the Students’ Union, Mount community, our city, province and country – and with each and every one of you.

I want to work towards a Union that properly reflects the desires of students and a Union that encourages, supports and celebrates students on their journey to follow their dreams.

Why? Because serving as your President to the best of my capacity is what I want to be when I grow up.

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