Peter Fourlaris: Tell the reader a bit about why you wanted to run for VP Student Life, and what you hope to accomplish in your new role.
Natasha Miller: I wanted to run for VP Student life because I have been a part of the CSA for the past year, and I found it really enjoyable. It really helped me grow as a person and also professionally. I wanted to run because I felt like I was a great fit for the position due to my experience with the CSA and due to my experience running events in the past. It kind of started in Junior High when I did events such as Samaritans Purse, and Hats for the Homeless, and shoeboxes that got sent to Africa.
Peter: For those who don’t know, what is the role of VP Student Life?
Natasha: As VP Student Life you’re in charge of all the events and activities that happen on campus and off campus. VP Student Life is basically all of your campus activities and the enjoyment that you have at Concordia.
Peter: This year you were the CSA Arts representative, tell us a little bit about that, and how does that experience help you in preparation for your new role as VP Student Life?
Natasha: As the Arts Representative, I helped to create the very first Arts Council at Concordia, which is in the process of becoming a full-on union. I wrote up the constitution for it. I also sat on the General Council, which is the CSA’s biggest governing body. Also being the Arts Representative I got to sit on the Mental Health Committee, so therefore I helped organize the events that they put on. I also sat on the Policy and Governance Committee, this is the committee that just passed all of the bylaws in the recent referendum.
Peter: What is your personal favorite type of event that the CSA has had in the past?
Natasha: That’s a tricky question because they hold so many great events, I think my favorite is the Mexico trip that we did. I went to Cancun with the CSA during reading week. That was definitely the biggest one!
Peter: Do you have any ideas for new events that you would like to introduce to Concordia that that you can share with us?
Natasha: We do a lot of yoga, and I think it would be fun to change it up a bit, to do something like glow in the dark yoga with glow paint or glow sticks, I think it would be super-fun, and a great way to engage the students. Also, we didn’t do anything for Valentine’s Day this year, and I think it would be fun to have something like speed-dating, or some other fun event that happens in the school when everyone is here. I definitely have more ideas, but I can’t say them all right now.
Peter: If someone has an idea for a future event that they would like to share with you, how can they get in contact with you?
Natasha: This year as VP Student Life, I’m actually going to create a student led event form, it will hopefully be verified and cleared by the fall, and it will be accessible to any student on the Concordia campus. It would basically be there for anyone who has an idea so they can fill out a form. Once the idea has been cleared, I would sit down with you so we can work through it. If you want to run it, that’s great, we will have a certain amount of funds that are set aside that could help pay for the event and because it will be a CSA event, we’ll be able to help you market the event. I think this is pretty exciting since we have never really had anything quite like this on campus. In the meantime, someone can get in touch with me through a new VP Student Life email and business cards I will be getting next year. Also my VP student page is now open, so that will be an option too.
Peter: Do you have any advice for students on how they can maximize enjoyment in their university experience?
Natasha: Really participate, get in there, and get involved. Contact us if you don’t know what’s going on, stop by the CSA office; we are not scary, you can come by anytime and talk to us. I’m going to have an open door policy, so you can come in and say hi, I’m really looking forward to working with everyone and making sure everyone has the best university experience that they can.
Thank you very much Natasha for a great interview. It sounds like you have a big plan for next year, I’m sure all of the students at Concordia will appreciate all of your hard work and great ideas!