Today, applications for SUSA’s executive board open for all positions—President, and Vice Presidents of Administration, Community, Events, Finance, Fundraising, Marketing, Professional Affairs, Service, Strategy & Operations, and Technology. As Team 2018 prepares to pass the torch, executive board member Angela Yang reflects on her time as VP of Community Service.
As VP of Community Service, one of Angela Yang’s main goals for the Smith business school was to reflect the corporate responsibility held within companies today. This past fall, Yang and the Community Service committee held the Terps Against Hunger event at the business school to bring the Smith community together while helping the community off campus. “We wanted toprovide an opportunity for Smith students to be more community focused instead of just getting ahead professionally,” Yang explained.
The Terps Against Hunger event included about 25 Target employees and 100 Smith students volunteering their time, and resulted in 28,000 meals packed for people with food insecurity or in poverty. The SUSA Community Service committee created an opportunity for students from the Smith school to come together with people in the community to make an impact larger than either could have created alone.
SUSA has created not only a network of people for Yang, but a welcoming community that encourages and supports her. The SUSA executive board and committee members are comprised of people with diverse personalities and perspectives, which has allowed Yang the opportunity to learn how to work together with people very different than herself.
Yang described how the SUSA executive board has taught her many skills that she will bring to the professional world during internships and after she graduates. For example, SUSA hosted SUSA Business Week at the Smith School this past September. This event, along with many other SUSA held events throughout the year, provided opportunities for Yang and other SUSA members to build relationships with recruiters and professionals while learning about the process of hosting and executing professional events.
Yang described her role, along with any role in SUSA, as just one piece in a thousand-piecepuzzle. The best way to do this is to “put forth all of yourself, but realize [that] you’re contributing to a bigger picture, so tailor what you do towards that,” Yang advised. As a member of the SUSA executive board, you will have to put aside some of your personal goals in order to work towards the bigger picture, but according to Yang, it is worth it.
The members of SUSA are strong, driven leaders that encourage one another to greater lengths, and Yang believes it is the most valuable leadership position anyone could hold within their time at University of Maryland.
The executive board application is open until Sunday, October 28th. Apply here!