7 Lessons Learned Working with the University of Regina Students’ Union

1.  Just because something is right, legal, or completely logical doesn’t make it true. During the project one of our goals was to stay out of a legal battle, this meant abiding by their rules, even if we knew they were in violation of some of our basic rights.  Sometimes it is best to swallow your pride for the greater good.

2.  I believe anyone can work a ridiculous amount of hours in a week without getting burnt out, the key is to work on something* you are very passionate about. *(It is much easier to be passionate about something you believe in, not something you were told to believe in)

3.  Being a part of a large project that is actually helping people is one of the most exhilarating experiences in the World.

4.  I got more frustrated than I had ever been in my life and learned that I had more self control than I thought.  When you step out of your comfort zone you learn much about yourself.

5.  You are only as strong as your team.  The four individuals on the URSU executive are some of the brightest students at the University and will be great leaders in whatever they take on after convocation. They understand the strategic approach taken towards achieving a lofty goal and not once did they doubt their ability to lead, influence, and help affect students positively even in the face of ignorant adversity.  Thanks Tyler, Kaytlyn, Matt and Kyle.

6.  I will no longer read or support The Carillon (The University’s newspaper) or the Prairie Dog Magazine.  They were embarrassingly one-sided in the way they reported the referendum by not doing any research whatsoever into the history the CFS has had in Canada.  That is not the reason why I’m really turned off by these childish media outlets though, taking personal attacks at my friends on the Students’ Union Executive is the reason.  Several times throughout the referendum both organizations took uncalled for shots at the four Executives and would not support their opinions with facts.  Simply embarrassing.

7.  I gained an a lot of respect for the unsung heros in this referendum.  Two gentlemen who will never get the praise they deserve for the hard work they put in. My hat goes off to Mike Burton and Peter Jelinski.  The Referendum Oversight Committee was the governing body who were the final say in everything related to the referendum.  Comprised of two people from either side, Mike and Peter made up our side and they were up against two professional Referendum committee members.  Without the long hours and hard work of Mike and Peter the ‘Yes’ side would have had a landslide victory.

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