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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone!
Attending Skagit Valley College has opened many opportunities for me. I am Alexandria Garza-Carrasco; I am a student, a student leader and a student worker. In January of 2014, I saw an open position for ASSVC (Associated Students of Skagit Valley College). At first I was hesitant to apply and run; However, with so many people pushing me to go for it, I did and I became the Parking, Safety and Transportation Representative on campus. Working for the students of SVC helped me change my image, my attitude and my way of thinking. Being a student leader meant I had to be there for students and represent the college in a positive manner. The chance I took and this position in ASSVC helped get me out of my comfort zone. I was now becoming more involved at Skagit Valley College.
I am not only a representative in student government, but also an office assistant in the Student Life office. This was yet another open position I applied for. I wanted to contribute to my school the way it is helping me get an education to reach my goals. With these two positions on campus, I was not just another person going to classes then going home. I spend most of my time on campus; in meetings, in the office, helping plan events or doing homework. I love being active on campus and I try to show others how much fun it is. I didn’t realize how much I would love working here with so many wonderful students, each with our own different personalities.
I’ve learned many new things and gained a lot of experience. I’ve learned to work with others as a team, voice my opinion, and manage my time more wisely. I am currently the new secretary in ASSVC while still working in the Student Life office, taking classes and having another outside job. I love the staff and students I work with. I don’t regret applying for these positions because of how much my life has changed for the better.
I encourage anyone to take that chance to get out of their comfort zone; it was the best choice I could have made.
I find it easy to handle working and going to school. I work at the college so if I need to take a day off to study for a test or catch up on school work, my boss is very understanding and tells me to take all the time I need. I can also arrange my work schedule to go around my class schedule. I make a study schedule every quarter so I know what times I can study. Now I’m not saying that I don’t stay up late and do homework because I do. Being a student worker has taught me a lot. I have learned that time management and organization are very important if you want to stay on point with both school and work. Another thing I learned is that prioritizing things is a good idea. While my priority is my education and work, the most difficult part of prioritizing is balancing time with my friends and finding time for myself. For example hanging out with friends or studying for math test (Hint: math test). I find it difficult and hard to tell my friends I can’t hang out with them because I have to work or study. They see it as me being too busy for them, but I see it as me choosing to further my future and that is what’s important. When you work and go to school you don’t have a whole lot of time and you need to cut some things out to make time for more important things. I also try to make some time for me to relax so I don’t get too stressed out. I know some of this sounds like a lot of work for my future, but I find it necessary for me to do to get what I want. I believe anyone can do anything if they are truly motivated to do it. I have big plans for my future and I am certain that I will get it. I want it bad enough to do anything and everything to get it. Motivation is the best advice I can give on making being a student worker work. If you aren’t motivated then it usually doesn’t work out. I’ve seen it happen many times. The person isn’t motivated and they just give up. One of my favorite quotes it a testament to motivation. It reads: “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure” – Bill Cosby.