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Pleasant surprises from an interview

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2015 at 9:39 AM

Photo credit: Robert Lovett

Earlier this autumn, I was interviewed by my former student union about my university years and my experience as a freelancer.

I didn’t know what to expect from the interview or the interviewer. But it felt like the right time in my life and career to share my experience. Enough time had passed for me to process my dissatisfactions with my degree and get over my frustrations with finding meaningful work in my vocation. (I wasn’t so positive the year after graduating.)

I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome of the interview. Kasia Cookson, the interviewer and writer, was genuine with her interest in my experience. She asked excellent questions that, if I were a student today, I would find constructive and helpful. And she even let me review the transcript of the interview and clarify some statements before it was published, not a common opportunity when dealing with the media!

On top of that, I got to witness the evolution of the student union where I met some of my current friends and created my first portfolio pieces. When I first joined the Communication Student Union (CMNSU) at Simon Fraser University, I enrolled as a mentor to a first-year communications student. My now good friend, Brianna, was in charge of the mentorship program and paired me with my now good friend, Andrea. I then went on to edit and publish an edition of the union’s magazine, InContext, with my good friend Christi, and acted as treasurer for a while, helping host member engagement events with my pal, Megan.

At that time, our crew was only dabbling in blogging and social media, and our membership was low. But today, the CMNSU has evolved to match the rapid evolution of the Internet and sharing of information. And their roster of leaders is impressive! I’m proud of these eager students, leveraging platforms like WordPress and Facebook to put into practice the theories they’re learning in class.

Then there’s the gift of hindsight and reflection that I gained from participating in this interview. Kasia’s final question in particular made me recognize that I do have a philosophy on life and my career, and it’s one I really buy into. That’s perhaps a funny thing to realize, but when you feel like you’ve been floating randomly for some time, it’s reassuring to see a pattern in the chaos.

Overall, it’s been an honour to share my thoughts with today’s communication students. I can only hope that my lessons might help someone confirm their own path. And many thanks to Kasia Cookson for helping me appreciate my journey so far.

You may read our interview here.

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