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Profiles in Leadership: Nadia Rosemond June 4, 2012

Posted by Crystal in Leadership.
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Nadia, right; Emzhei, left.

Nadia Rosemond,  Student Life Coordinator & Leadership Development (Scarborough)

Nadia is the sort of person you would go to talk about your problems: she would listen, give you a hug, and then point you in the right direction. That’s why she such a hit at Residence Life and Student Life at UTSC. It is that genuine and down-to-earth personality that has helped students develop into leaders in UTSU’s leadership program. With someone like Nadia lending a helping hand in the student life office, you’re sure to find everything you need to make the most out of university.

 

What is your definition of leadership?

For me, leadership is an emotional process and it’s something you develop through relationships. The more you work within an atmosphere of a team, group project, or staff the more you develop your leadership senses and skills.

What made you choose to work in student life?

My work with students began in Residence Life, a very demanding environment, since my position required me to live in residence. Student Life felt like a natural progression and it allows me to work with another student population. I’ve learned so much about life for a commuter student.

Were you not working in a campus, where could you see yourself?

If I didn’t work on campus I would be in television production –  I would love to be a writer for a TV show.

What are your favourite campus events?

My favourite events are free guest speakers because you get to hear and meet famous people! I also like the larger celebrations that have a variety of food and celebrate cultures.

How do you maintain balance of your work, campus events and other responsibilities, especially at busy times of the year?

To stay on top of things I use calendars. I’m ole fashion and don’t rely on technology – I like the stationary calendars!  I also keep sheets of blank paper on my desk to use as a ‘dashboard.’  It allows me to jot down ideas and last minute requests I receive during the day—instead of trying to keep everything in my head, I write it down.

Any tips for students who might be struggling with the balance between their studies and their involvement on campus?

Do students know the more they get involved the better they become at time management? True story!  I don’t know why but it happens.  Don’t bite more than you can chew:  Enjoy academics and getting involved but don’t go to either extreme.  Everything in moderation.

What accomplishments are you most proud of, either as a student or as a student life professional?

As a professional I’m proud of the new leadership program we’ve created.

Any advice for students who feel they want to get involved, but don’t know where to start?

If you’re feeling lost and don’t know how to get involved, visit your student life offices. Talk to someone in person, once you share your interests and needs we can point you in the right direction! Sometimes all the posters on campus can be overwhelming, we’re here to guide you.

Do you have a favourite quote?

 “Hope is a good thing, perhaps the best of things and no good thing ever dies…”

Interview by Redon Hoxhaj, 2011-2012 Communications Assistant, Office of Student Life



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