Calumet College e-Newsletter | Issue 1 - November 2014
WHO IS AFIFA MAHBOOB?
Afifa is a fourth year Professional Writing and Psychology student at York University. As a student, she is engaged in many university initiatives such as student clubs and college work. We did a mini Q & A with our student leader - hear a little bit about her!
WHAT DO YOU DO AS THE WRITE TO SUCCEED COORDINATOR?
As the Coordinator for the Write to Succeed program, I’m responsible for working with Peer Writing Mentors, the student volunteers who lead the drop-in sessions. I provide them with resources and support them with their sessions. I also work on further improving and promoting the Write to Succeed program around York University.
WHAT DOES STUDENT SUCCESS MEAN TO YOU?
I believe student success is both a personal and academic achievement. You have to know and be satisfied with what you want to accomplish in school. You can only be truly successful in your university career if you aim for what YOU want, not what others expect from you.
BEST EXPERIENCE AT YORKU THUS FAR
I have had some amazing experiences in my few years at York, but I have to say one of the best experiences I had was going to the Leadershape retreat last fall. It was definitely an eye-opening experience and I had the opportunity to meet some wonderful fellow York students.
HOW DO YOU BALANCE BETWEEN WORK/LIFE/SCHOOL?
I always try to keep school as a top priority when it comes to exams and assignments but I never forget my friends and family. I try to organize my time between work and school by giving myself earlier deadlines than those that are assigned to me. This way, I am satisfied with both school, work and of course my own personal life.
TOP ADVICE FOR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
Don’t be afraid to try new things! When we first begin university we tend to be intimidated by the new environment but it is important to step outside your comfort zone and aim for different opportunities. You will be surprised to see where your interests lie!