See what ONE Campus Leaders said in their exit interviews
Rather than write up your typical “Campus Leader reflection blog” ONE Campus surveyed a handful of recently graduated Campus Leaders and asked them to participate in the first ever “ONE Campus Exit Survey.” Their answers were honest, funny, and insightful. The ONE Campus team would like to thank each one of these Campus Leaders for the years of hard work and leaving ONE chapters in good hands for the 2017-18 academic year.
- Sum up your ONE Campus experience in 140 characters or less (feel free to use emojis).
Ali, Seton Hall: I was known as the “ONE Campaign girl” around campus and was very proud of the title. Without ONE, I wouldn’t be where I am today and I definitely would not know as much as I do about the international development community.
Justine, University of North Carolina- Wilmington: Hands down one of the best experiences of my college career! For personal, academic or professional reasons, ONE has been:
Patrick, George Washington University: Signing, screenings, and sparklers #ONEthings
- What was the best moment during your time as a ONE Campus Leader?
Ali: A memorable experience was traveling into Brooklyn for the launch of #GirlsCount. We were at a podcast taping and everyone who stopped by was super responsive to the call to action.
Kim: My best moment was having a great turnout for ONE Vote ‘16 which was our first big event as a newly formed chapter. We had almost all of the ONE Vote cards filled out and had a good group of people come out and volunteer. See the photos from our work on our Instagram: @onecampusum.
Patrick: When Electrify Africa passed. It was great seeing years of work by ONE volunteers come to fruition.
- Thinking back on the Power Summit, what did you enjoy most about it?
Ali: Taking my fellow chapter Secretary, Esad, with me on this adventure and working together towards meeting other ONE Campus members, community organizers, and faith leaders. I am really proud to know such inspirational people in my life and we all worked amazingly together when lobbying our members of Congress to protect the foreign aid budget.
— Rodney Frelinghuysen (@USRepRodney) February 28, 2017
Kim: What I enjoyed most about the Power Summit was being around like-minded people, and having two people from my University join me at the Power Summit. It was rewarding seeing Bev and Meshayla become more involved with ONE and working hard together to prepare for lobby day.
Justine: Meeting fellow ONE members! The ONE team’s passion and the Campus Leaders enthusiasm were really a great source of motivation and I found myself returning back to my own campus with so much excitement and drive!
- Favorite campaign and why?
Kim: Favorite campaign was definitely #GirlsCount! I am very passionate about girls’ and women’s issues and love the idea of counting to 130 million to represent each girl out of school around the world. Putting a story to a number made it more real and there is some great star power with this campaign.
Justine: I really enjoyed the ONE Vote ’16 Campaign; it led to really insightful conversations with students from both sides of the aisle!
- Looking back what do you wish you had told yourself about leading a ONE Campus chapter?
Ali: Please figure out how to properly schedule a room for meetings and not just grab any random empty room in the Arts and Science building the night of a meeting.
Kim: I wish I would have told myself that I should have reached out to more groups and classes on campus relevant to ONE. The hardest part about leading a ONE chapter was getting people involved and to stay involved. If I would have reached out to departments like global health, international development, and the Peace Corps prep program, maybe the group would have had more members that were more involved.
Justine: You don’t need to do it all yourself. I had great members and an amazing executive board that were always willing to help and yet I still sometimes found myself not delegating enough. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Also, while calling your Representatives may seem scary at first, the end result is absolutely worth it and after just a few calls, you’ll feel like a pro.
Patrick: If you’re trying to do it on your own, you’re doing it wrong. You have to have a team!
- If your ONE Campus experience were a movie or TV show, what would it be?
Justine: Parks and Recreation! ONE has showed me there are way more Leslie Knopes out there working to make the world a better place than I ever thought possible and that is a wonderful thing! #LilSebastian
Patrick: Finding Nemo, but Nemo is cosponsors and “P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney” is my ONE elevator pitch.
- What are your post-graduate plans?
Ali: More than anything else in the world I would like to have a job within the international development field. In the meantime, I am attending the 14th Annual United Nations Human Rights Summit as an observer. Afterwards, I hope to move to D.C. and see what kind of life I can have in the state that literally has my diplomacy degree written all over it.
Kim: After graduating, I have been painting for the summer at the University of Montana, so I can listen to as many podcasts and new albums as possible. I am looking for jobs outside of Montana in bigger cities. Overall I plan to live somewhere new, try lots of new ciders, and eventually get a mixed husky and name her Mishka (which means “little bear” in Russian).
Justine: I hope to eventually continue my education with a Masters in Public Administration but in the meantime, my current goal is to work in the nonprofit sector in DC!
Patrick: Since July, I’ve joined ONE’s U.S. Campaigns team serving as their Campaigns and Field Coordinator.