Nina Fan: Experience with and passion for orgs is key

Credit: Courtesy of Nina Fan Credit: Courtesy of Nina Fan

Thank you to each and every one of you at Carnegie Mellon University that participated in this year’s elections. My name is Nina Fan and words cannot express how ecstatic I am to officially be your new Student Body Vice President for Organizations. This is unreal. It is a huge honor to represent more than 300 organizations and the 13,000 students on campus and I cannot wait.

To begin with, I would like to give an immense thank you to everyone that I have worked with in Student Government for the past two years. It is the confidence you all have in me and our mutual passion for effecting change on this campus that has driven me to run for this position. In addition to that, I would like to give an enormous shout-out to all the student organizations that I have worked with. I am constantly in awe at the magnificent things you all achieve and working with you all has always been, and will continue to be, a pleasure. Lastly, I want to thank all of those who have supported me in any way during this elections season. I could not have done this without any of you and I am so, so blessed to have you all.

My term does not officially begin until commencement on May 15 and any meetings will not be held until early September, but since I have been so excited since elections results came out, I have already hit the ground running. One of my initiatives is to increase communication and support for organizations and something that I have been doing is holding Q & A sessions for students who are interested in starting a new organization on campus. From my experience with new organizations, it is never too early to start planning the logistics of your organization and it is always really helpful to have someone who understands the various parts of the new organization process to consult with. Many students who are interested in starting new organizations tend to apply during mid to late August, when the application for new organization recognition opens. Because the new recognition process is very procedural, I wanted to give students ample information before they apply for Student Government recognition for their respective organizations and understand that I will always be available anytime for any questions or concerns. Working with new organizations this past year has been one of my highlights during my time as a director on the Committee on Student Organizations and I absolutely cannot wait until August to see all the exciting new ideas!

I may have said thank you too many times during the past week, but, nevertheless, I want to say thank you all so much again for choosing me to lead you. It has been a few days and I am still on cloud nine. To all the other elected candidates and to everyone involved in student organizations at Carnegie Mellon, I look forward to working closely with you all and I cannot wait for the amazing changes we will make together to this school next year.

Cheers to a great year ahead!