This dedicated student is extremely active on campus and strives success and so much more. Living and having a happy life-style is her number one goal and here she talks about her journey to achieve that.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of being involved on campus?
A: Getting the chance to work with different personalities and people’s work ethics. It opens your eyes to what you might have to deal with in the corporate or REAL world. My involvement on campus has allowed me to get to know many people and we all know that “It’s not what you know, but who know”. In high school, I was involved as much as I am now, with academics, sports, and other organizations. So coming to Rider University there wasn’t going to be a difference in my leadership. My first executive involvement with organizations on campus was with R.O.C.A.S. (Rider’s Organization of Caribbean Affiliated Students). I was their 3rd Chairman of Public Relations my second semester at Rider. I am the type of person that if you say I can’t do this or that, I will prove you wrong … hands down … So, when people say they don’t get involve because its too much, that encourages me to show others that is do-able.
Q: You are theTreasurer of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated … what does that mean to you?
A: It means “I better get this money right!” I have had past experience as the Treasurer for R.O.C.A.S. my sophomore year and I knew what the position entailed. I’m also an Accounting and Finance major, so numbers are really all I know. Being that this is the career path I would like to take, as of now, I try to run for positions that will allow me to apply what I’ve learned in real life. My college experience would be completely different if I wasn’t an impacting leader; I wouldn’t know the people that I know and vice versa.
Q: The role ofPresident of Black Student Unionis a huge role. What would you say to someone who aspires to have that position in the future?
A: It is a huge role, but thankfully with the executive board that I have, things run smoothly (Shout out to BSU E-Board ’11-’12). To the people that want to be the President of any organization on and off campus, I would say, “This is for the big dogs … and YOU GOT THIS! They wouldn’t have made you President, if they knew you would run the organization to the ground. Remember you have your board of X amount of people, advisors, and most importantly you have your support team, your general board members. Plus, you’ll need an agenda. Truth.” This can go for any positions on a executive board. In MY opinion, there is no hard part, really. Yes, it is time consuming, you have to tell people what to do, if someone on your board did something wrong, you get the heat for it … Not much different from being a big brother/sister right? I have learned that it is not a one-man show and I need people who are reliable to do what they are expected to do.
Q: You see yourself being comfortable and happy with your career, do you think that it’s going to end up that way?
A: I defiantly want to be comfortable and happy, as I get older. It is very important that it stay this way because who wants to live their life uncomfortable and sad? Honestly, I don’t need gazillions of dollars to be happy. If I’m making ends meet and something extra on the side and I am happy going to work, then what more can I ask for? Now accounting, I can honestly say I don’t really see myself being happy to go to work because I am not happy going to class. I like working with children (I Know two VERY different groups), but my plan ultimately is to become a Principal, so I’ll be crossing my fingers.
Q: You are an active member of Rider Organization of Caribbean Affiliated Students (ROCAS). Explain what this organization means to you.
A: Wendy Orleans (former student) pulled me out of my room and before you knew it, I was a regular general member for R.O.C.A.S. my freshman year. For those who did not know I am Haitian, so coming in Rider University it was like I found a home with R.O.C.A.S. Like I said before, R.O.C.A.S. was the first organization that I got involved in executively. With that being said, R.O.C.A.S. has allowed me to sit on what everyone did as a team. I seen things that I liked and I things that I didn’t like, so it helped me on how I can approach a situation in this organization and others.
Q: You are involved in many different things on campus. Do you enjoy all of them equally or do you have one in particular that you have a special passion for?
A: I do enjoy what I am apart of and I spread the love equally. As the Treasurer for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., I wouldn’t hold out a good way to budget money from R.O.C.A.S., BSU, or anything else.
Q: What has been the most rewarding moment for you at Rider? Why? What did it feel like? What did it validate for you?
A: The most rewarding moment hasn’t happened yet. When I cross the stage in 2013, look back, and basically say, “I came. I saw. I conquer”, that will be the most rewarding moment for me.
Q: What does success mean to you?
A: Success for me is achieving what you planned to do plus more. Like I said before, when I look back and I am proud of what I have done, then I know my end result is success. Work to live or live to work? I live to work because I know that my life centers on the achievement in whatever I do and I will be satisfy with that. If I work to live then my views on work will just be hard working whose purpose is to earn a living and having a lot of money isn’t worth not being proud or happy at the end.