Written by Christopher Yendt
If I think back to my first year at Brock, living in Village Court Seven, I came here really regretting not getting involved in Highschool. So I decided to get involved at Brock from the outset, and I ran for the Residence Action Council (RAC). I lost, and foolishly became discouraged enough to choose just to focus on my schoolwork. In fact it wasn’t until I met Sebastian Prins, while he was running his successful campaign for Vice-President Finance and Administration that one could say I was “re-inspired” to get involved.
In second year, with the urging of my friend Ibrahim Qureshi, I decided to run for the Brock University Student’s Administrative Council (BUSAC). While unsuccessful, on the night of the results both Sebastian and Ibrahim impressed upon me “Never Give Up” and “Try Again”. I got involved in Radio shortly thereafter, and again through the urging of my friends I ran for their Board of Directors and President of Brock Radio (CFBU 103.7FM), and the following fall to successfully contest a Faculty of Humanities seat in a by-election to sit on BUSAC.
Both of these positions helped me to realize more and more that my true passion and interest in university lies in finance, administration, and helping to ensure student money is spent appropriately. That is why I chose to run for the position of BUSU Vice-President, Finance and Administration in 2012. While many of you may remember the top hat, the cane and the campaign, I was unsuccessful in both that VPFA campaign as well as ensuing Board of Trustees campaign. This time though was different, I made the choice that my passion for involvement and finance was too great to let me become discouraged as I had in first year.
I realized that I love being involved, I love helping students, and I love helping others get involved to make a difference. You could say that I have made a career around staying involved while still losing elections, I say it is the passion that drives me. Despite these losses I was fortunate enough to become Vice-Chairman of the BUSU’s Board of Directors, sit on all the committees that the VPFA portfolio deals with and was appointed a Senator for Brock University, all of this was due to the support of my friends, colleagues and other students. 2012 was without doubt my most incredible year yet at Brock, and it is all thanks to the students I have met, the friends I have made, and the stories that have been shared through being involved.
If could say anything to anyone that wants to get involved, it is this; Never give up, never stop trying, sure you will always stand a chance to lose if you try… but you will always lose if you never try at all. Finally, to quote Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!”