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My Experience as a Student Leader at SFSU

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at San Francisco chapter.

As a student leader at San Francisco State University (SFSU), I’ve come to understand that the path of leadership is not just a straight line; it’s a thrilling roller coaster ride filled with highs and lows. Serving as the President of Her Campus at San Francisco, the Senior Editor and Writer for the chapter, and the library events coordinator for my university’s multicultural center (all while being a commuting full time student might I add) has been an experience unlike any other. 

One of the most challenging aspects of being a student leader is navigating funding limitations. Like many student organizations, we often need more budget for the events and activities we envision for our campus community. It can be challenging to navigate big ideas, but having limited resources to bring them to life can be difficult. However, these challenges have taught me invaluable lessons in creativity, resourcefulness, and effective budget management. I’ve learned to leverage partnerships, seek alternative funding sources, and maximize every dollar to make a meaningful impact on campus.

Another hurdle we face as student leaders is the need to synchronize our team members’ busy schedules. SFSU presents a unique challenge, with the majority of students being commuters; some students live around 30 minutes away from the campus, while others commute through two or more counties. With diverse responsibilities and commitments, finding a time that works for everyone can be almost impossible at times. Despite these logistical challenges, my teams remain solution-oriented. There are always constant Zoom meetings, late-night check-in text messages, and flexible meeting formats to ensure that every voice is heard and every idea is considered.

Despite the challenges, the rewards of student leadership are immeasurable. One of the most fulfilling aspects is the opportunity to cultivate a welcoming and inclusive space on campus. Whether through Her Campus articles, multicultural events, or library initiatives, I’ve witnessed firsthand the power of community-building and its impact on individuals’ sense of belonging. Being able to create spaces where students feel seen, heard, and valued is a privilege that drives me forward.

Moreover, student leadership has motivated my personal and professional growth. Through hands-on experience in event planning, team communication, and financial management, I’ve honed skills that will serve me well beyond graduation. These real-world experiences have improved my college experience and prepared me for the challenges and opportunities ahead post-graduation.

Starr Washington

San Francisco '25

Starr Washington is a member of the Her Campus National Writer Program, contributing to the lifestyle section. She also serves as the President of the Her Campus Chapter at her university. Currently a junior at San Francisco State University, Starr is pursuing a degree in Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) with a minor in Africana Studies. Following her undergraduate studies, she plans to pursue an MFA in creative writing. Starr is dedicated to showcasing her blackness in her professional work and is always rooting for black creatives, particularly in film, literature, and travel. In addition to her writing, Starr works at her university’s multicultural center, where she organizes annual events for both the campus and the Bay Area community. Her events include, but are not limited to, Banned Books Week, the Womxn of Color Healing Symposium, and the Womxn of Color Writer Series. She was a speaker at the San Francisco State University Black Studies Origins and Legacy Commemoration, where she had the honor of sitting alongside the founders of the country's first Black Student Union. Starr also teaches a course she developed called “Intro to Black Love” within SFSU’s experimental college program. In her rare free time, Starr enjoys chipping away at her TBR list (she finishes one book, then adds three more to the list), writing poetry and fiction, and spending time with her music enthusiast partner and their three-year-old German Shepherd. She is a Scorpio from Michigan.