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Leadership Conference Reflection Assignments

King

Student Leader

My experience at the conference has been gratifying, for it allowed me to be part of the three most interesting and amazing days.  Throughout this experience, I have really learned so much that is hard to start expressing my full thoughts all at once.  However, I will go accordingly as to day-to-day experience. 

Starting with the first day, The Panel discussion was a great way to start things up, for it gave me some perspective on what this experience will be.  It was also very interesting with the different years of experience between the panel leaders. They all mention the importance of teamwork, the ability to listen to one another, and to respect each other’s opinion.  The Networking Session was a revelation on how our society works together, and how each one of us can have use of one simple and important resource, communication.   I enjoy communicating and meeting new people so this experience has only prepared me on becoming a better networker.  I really enjoyed the session and learned key details on how to apply proper networking skills.  The “Leadership Compass” as I recalled was a game that led each one of us to our proper personality direction.  I was aware of my personality before, by a previous test I have taken.  This one; however, was fun.  My personality type was South, and I am reminded that I am a patient person who follows instructions and is caring for others feelings.  My leadership style is based on listening to everyone’s ideas and opinions, and to assure everyone is pleased with decisions being made.  One key factor that I know about myself is that I do not take action when confused or not assured about things, so I only move forward when I am confident on what I know.  The session of “That’s not in my job description?” was packed with information.  I now understand that we have a responsibility towards the Seneca Federation as a team, not really individually and that our job is to all be part of the activity and to make sure we all do the job together.  My perspective is that I totally agree on working together, for I feel that it is the key on making action happen. 

The second day “Finances: Whose money is it anyway?” has taught me, that our main clients are the students, and that it is our job to enhance their school year and make it unforgettable.  In addition, I have learned that we should make them aware of our services and invite them on offering ideas and opinions to what we should do for them during their school year.  It was gratifying to realize the importance of students and to facilitate, entertain and support them through their school year.  The Session of “Seneca’s Future” was based on the concerns of Seneca today and how can we improve it.  It allowed us, as present students to describe and express our concerns at the school and offer ideas and opinions on what could work for the future.  I really felt this was a great session, for it offered the ability to speak out and be heard.  The Session on “Student Advocacy” I was not aware of it before this day and I truly feel happy to know that we can personally assist our students when requiring a voice or help of any kind.  This session came with lots of information that I might still need to ask questions about it, but it was a gratifying session.  “The Risk Management Liability” session was an eye-opener on what you can do and not do when planning an event.  I did not imagine all the liabilities that can come across when developing fun events.  It is interesting how important is to keep safety in mind on every move made when preparing an event; it can be challenging.  I am glad to know that we will have guidance and leaders who will teach us on what to do and not to do, so we do not make too many mistakes.

The third day “Be your B.E.S.T” this session was empowering. I truly loved the way she explained how important it is to own a good image of yourself and to keep it that way as a constant item.  Although, it sounded so easy to do that, I feel it is the most challenging action to constantly follow it through.  Behavior, Etiquette, Style, Talk is now in my way of thinking, and I know it will really be hard to keep them in mind at all times, but I hope I can follow through even on step-by-step basis. 

I am looking forward to my experience on being part of the Seneca Student Federation.  I have learned so much verbally and now I am anxious to start learning practically.  Thank you for such an excellent presentation on efforts to prepare us for the upcoming year.  I have really enjoyed and learned plenty as this been the primary introduction to Seneca’s Federation.

Newnham

Student Leader

As far as the conference goes, it was a great learning aid, it showed us exactly what to expect with working with SSF and to how far the friendships/learning traits that we acquire from this job will last us in the future and onto other careers.

The team building group activities that we took part in got us to know the rest of the student council, not only at our campus but at all campuses a lot better and will definitely help us in the future when we try to organize events together.

The two guest speaker appearances on the first day really got me to realize that nothing really is impossible for us. We have the ability to enhance the student’s school experience in a very beneficial way and if we put our minds to it, we can do it.

Markham

Student Leader

The learning I gained from this year’s leadership conference is going to stick with me for all my life and help me get through my position on SSF. I was very interested in the different speakers that were brought in. The session that I learned the most from was the old SSF council members talking about experiences and answering questions. I believe learning from their mistakes and seeing all the good they have done for all the campuses will help motivate me to go above and beyond to make the student’s college experience one they will remember.

Student Leader

The leadership conference was a great learning and social experience in my new role as Student at Large. The three sessions that were most beneficial include the following:

In the Panel Discussion (Question and Answers), I found it very informative in terms of learning from pass council members about their mistakes and their successes. Listening to each pass students motivated me and inspired me as a student council member, to be liable and honest about my motives and actions to the best of my abilities. In addition, the stories and past experiences were also entertaining to listen too. 

The Five things I Hate about networking  session was one my favorite sessions because I gained a better understanding of why networking would be very  important in the present and in the future.

The Risk Management and liability session brought me up to date with the responsibilities of an event planner or council members.  I must admit I didn’t have much of an understanding of certain procedures in planning and event. Because of the session I was able to understand and gain knowledge about such things that will help me as a council member and as a future event planner.

Student Leader

At this years conference I believe the greatest learning experience we all shared was the teamwork.  At last year’s leadership conference I felt that the SSF was more divided by campuses.  This was not the case this year as students from each campus were more open and sat together instead of at separate tables.  I feel that because of our ability to blend ourselves so well that we will be able to work as a more functional group. 

Teamwork is a huge part of leadership because if each campus is working against each other and not as one -  nothing can or will be accomplished which in turn not only hurts us as a whole but the students who we are elected to serve.  I look at this conference as a learning tool and a template which future councils should follow to ensure success.

Student Leader

I like the way time was distributed. We get to see a lot of stuff in 2 and half days. I was important for me to know about other student council and I think I was successful. I like the concept of the ice breakers and the fun way of learning our communication skills. Overall it was the exciting and knowledgeable experience.

Student Leader

The leadership conference was a huge eye opener for me.  It showed me the impact of my decisions and the role I play within the school can be quite significant.  The work and effort that I put forth in my role as a student advocate or a coordinator will have a great impact on not only the student body but will change the way other people see me and how I see myself.  I learned from the conference that change can happen but it takes more that just a bright idea, that it takes a series of people that must work together to “ignite change” and work within the systems of the school to affect change.  I understand that my voice as a student has an impact on what goes on here at Seneca it is with great privilege that I am now finding myself in a position to actually do something.  Student rights and fighting on another individuals behalf has always been a passion of mine since I came to Seneca and after the conference I now have a more secured sense of self when I defend a student in front of faculty or program coordinators. I hope the information that I learned during the student advocacy session will lead me to be a better representative on students’ behalves. 

I also hope to represent and put forth more ideas during the year that will accommodate all students including the flight program.  After the leadership conference I discovered what limits our campus from doing all the things I felt would benefit each program (budgets, time constraints, etc.).  I found that each member of the SSF plays a significant role and that each of our voices are not only unique but stand strong when we all support each other.  This kind of support and team work is very fundamental to our success as student representatives and only by standing by each other are we going to be able to succeed in being the best campus ever…aka. Markham Campus.

Student Leader

The leadership conference this year had taught me a lot. One of the primary objectives set out for this conference was for students to understand what values are needed to encompass that of a leader. Aside from learning what my responsibilities are, I learned many valuable aspects which I know I will be able to take with me beyond the parameters of Seneca Student Federation to school and to the work force. One of the most valuable workshops was the networking one conducted by Andrew.

As part of Seneca Student Federation, I understand that networking is very important because one of the ‘jobs’ that we have as student representatives, is to promote SSF to students as well as sit on different committees or councils within the school to voice student opinions. I believe that networking becomes essential in the work force when one needs connections within various industries in order to become successful. Although networking is not the only aspect which constitutes success, having different networks will certainly make the job easier. Through the workshop, I am able to understand the importance of networking in many ways and how to best interact with various people.

Because networking is ideal, hence its importance during the leadership conference, I am able to take this new acquired skill to beyond the conference. I am a rather shy person who is incapable of carrying a normal conversation with those whom are of higher position that myself thus this workshop definitely helped me boost my confidence, if not significantly, it was a big step. I hope to take what I’ve learned through the workshop to the future.

Student Leader

There was a variety of things that were learned at the conference. The most important would be teamwork, without it the Seneca Student Federation would simply cease to function. There are two different team building experiences that were acknowledged during the conference. The first is the teamwork within the local council. By working effectively in the local council level, the entire campus which the local council represents enjoys the benefits as teamwork leads to successful events and ideas for the campus. The second type of crucial teambuilding came along with the teamwork of each campuses student council working with each other which will benefit all Seneca students when they work together on large projects. The teambuilding that was empowered to the new members of the Seneca Student Federation is vital to their success, as well as the most important people, the students of Seneca.

Newnham

Student Leader

I found the leadership training conference very beneficial and complimentary to the advocacy training in which I have already gained in previous leadership roles.  Specifically, I learned about following proper processes and procedures to avoid delays in getting things done and also learned to make sure I have as much information as possible before standing up for a student’s rights so that I do not end up looking like a fool by not having all my facts straight before proceeding.  In addition to the above mentioned, I also enjoyed the personality activity. It allowed us as student leaders to see how everyone has different strengths and weaknesses and what makes a team stronger.

S@Y

Student Leader

I found the leadership conference very helpful. I’ve learned how to network with others, how to present the best foot forward and the way to communicate effectively. The conference taught me how to present myself in a memorable fashion and how to stand out from the crowd. As a vice president, communication and networking is the key to success. I will apply my skills by sharing my knowledge with my fellow council members. It is vital for council members to understand and support each other.  This cannot happen until we have learned how to listen and communicate with one another.  I also found Be your Best workshop with Tracy Rogers useful. Mrs. Rogers taught us the essentials of success. By showing us how to present and behave ourselves on the job, she allowed us to see that we don’t need to lose ourselves in order to be successful.

Student Leader

At this year’s Seneca Student Federation Leadership Conference, there were many learning opportunities, and key points that will help me in my role as a member of the Programming and Promotions team.  Certain things that I found interesting and where I gained knowledge from were the activities where we physically had to participate.  Not just because they were the games and they were more entertaining than speakers, but because it is easier to understand when it is hands on.  In relation to sessions, I feel as though the professionalism session was the most useful, because she spoke about real stories, and gave real examples.  Her session gave us pointers we could apply instantly and it will help with future job opportunities.  Certain things I feel I will be able to use in my own council would be the advice given to us from prior council members, listening to their stories and learning from their experiences will help me in our own situations and events at Seneca @ York. 

Student Leader

This year is my first year on the student council and also my first time being at a conference held by SSF. I had a great time and learned things that will help me not only in the future but will also assist me with my role on the council. One of the most interesting and knowledgeable session was the networking one. This session helped me not only get an understanding of how to approach people and introduce myself but to understand the dos and don’ts of networking. Before I kept more to myself and only engaged with people if it was mandatory, however now I have a different attitude towards meeting people, I do so because I want to. This helps me a great deal because being in the student council involves dealing with students and a person who keeps to themselves is less successful then someone who can engage in a conversation. I now feel a bit more comfortable in introducing myself and engaging in conversations with other students.

From the “Be your B.E.S.T” session conducted by Tracy, I learned about how first impressions make a difference, and also got to know how the employers and colleagues observed you. It is important that in a professional or personal atmosphere that we look presentable, first impressions do make a difference. Tracy emphasized that this does matter and make a difference; I understand that I not only represent me but the entire SSF so it is important to look approachable and professional when working in this environment.

Finally the “Student Advocacy” session which was conducted by Susie was really helpful, I learned how to deal with student issues and how to direct them to the necessary help they need. For future reference I know how to deal with students that come to the office, how to talk to them in regards to their issue and I am aware of the procedures that need to take place before any action towards the subject is taken. More so how to work around sensitive issues like race/gender discrimination, differentiate sympathy and empathy and to always remember to be neutral no matter how convincing a student’s story is.

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