Ivey AEO Activity Essay #1 (Verify the content/don't be afraid to be critical)
teamwork, commitment and success
For Ivey, I want to please verify if what I am saying is what they're looking for. Also, I want to ensure that I have no stupid grammatical and spelling errors, and if the wording is suitable. I would appreciate all the help.
When I reflect back on my time of serving as an executive member of the Student Activity Council for over two years, my memories are flooded with lengthy lunch and after school meetings, the excitement and frenzy of our events, and most importantly, the exhausted yet satisfied euphoria I experienced at the end of a successful event.
I began my journey in the council as a junior PR representative. My main duties were to manage our council's twitter account, along with writing the morning announcements. With my concurrent involvement with the announcement team, I became a valuable asset to the council. For this year, I was an observant yet eagerly opportunistic leaner. My innate desire to be a leader sparked at any given chance, diminishing the stigma around a Grade 10 student taking charge. SAC demanded tireless commitment from its members, and I gave in no hesitation to dedicate my time and effort for the student body. For the first time, my school days began to span over nine hours, with nearly half being dedicated to the council. With my drive and passion to continue, along with gaining experience and familiarity of the council, I decided to run for an elected position in the following year. After an interview, creating an election view, and a week-long of an interactive campaigning period, I became the senior representative for the following year by a landslide. In Grade 11, I fully grasped my role in leading the junior council and successfully went on to organize events for the school. Since our council was in charge of social and charitable events, we organized numerous spirit weeks and stand-alone events. Most notably, our focus relied on the semi-formal dinner and dance, followed by the Charity Week and Carnival. During the semi-formal, I formed a committee and took charge in the decoration aspect of the event. Corresponding with the theme, my committee and I brainstormed feasible ideas that would attract the attention of the guests while being practical and affordable. Over weeks of hard work and preparation, followed by hours of execution on the day of, the semi-formal was enlightened by streamers, center pieces, murals and more. Additionally, I was included in the advertisement and public relations for the event, taking initiative for/over others and using my skills and experience to market effectively. I often edited announcements and brought up the idea to play music along with the announcement as it captured the student's attention.
For the carnival, I was assigned to co-lead a team of individuals focusing on the entertainment aspect of the entire event. My duties laid contacting and communicating with companies about inflatables, which is the main attraction of the carnival. Also, I created several homemade carnival games that were stationed throughout the event. Additionally, I was responsible for assigning roles to volunteers and teaching them how to operate their stations.
More so,I was involved in marketing the event. I contacted local newspaper agencies, participated in word-of-mouth advertising through my friends and classes, and created event pages to market through social media. Most importantly, my team and I focused on displaying our advertisements in feeder school and local community hot spots. Our collective efforts raised over $15,000 for Canadian Feed the Children. In comparison to the previous year, I transformed from an avid participant to a strong and anchored leader.
My valuable business experience gained from organizing and planning these events along with my excellent abilities as a leader produces an ideal candidate for the HBA program at Ivey. The skills I learnt through teamwork, commitment and success have outlined my candidacy to be enrolled in the HBA program at Ivey. (I am aware of the repeat, hoping to find a way I can combined these two statements to avoid just that.)