My name is Meaghan and I’m the Student Advocacy Resource Coordinator with the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University. I have so much to tell you about self-advocacy!! Through this bi-weekly series, #AskMeaghan, my goal is to answer any questions you may have about this crazy-little-thing-called-UNIVERSITY ♫ (see this video to sing along).
During this series, I truly do encourage you to ask me anything. My only rule is the following: keep it class-y (pun INTENDED). I hope to answer questions on this platform that are not general knowledge for students and to clarify processes that are so entrenched in policy, you will spend hours searching for solutions. Often times you are not the only student going through a situation so do not hesitate to reach out! I sincerely want to help you know your student rights and find your voice during your self-advocacy quest.
Some examples of questions I’m looking for include: “Can my prof actually make attendance mandatory?” or “How do I appeal my final grade?” I know these things can sound boring but don’t fall asleep just yet… save that for the Nap Room in Wyckham House (Z302). 😉 These processes are important for you to know and my goal is to find the appropriate solutions or point you in the right direction of someone who can help you.
Now, being a student not too long ago, I feel that we are all soccer players during the university experience. For those of you who are not familiar with the sport, I invite you to watch a quick scene from a Will Ferrell classic, “Kicking and Screaming”.
In soccer, each player has a responsibility, on and off the field, to work towards their success in the game. This could include attending practices or going for a daily run. For university, this includes attending class, getting enough sleep, and saying no to Netflix if they ask “Are you still watching?” Self-advocacy is very similar to soccer in many ways. It is not always about getting MVP. There will be wins and losses, bumps and bruises, hard work and celebration. It can even be challenging to navigate your next move, especially if you’re feeling double-teamed.
Often times in soccer, we want to play the whole game and show those around us that we are giving 110%. However, half time exists for a reason and coaches call time-outs for players to recharge and refocus. In self-advocacy, let me be your coach. I’m here to help you and assist you. I will not play the game for you, but rather work with you behind the scenes and support your decisions on and off the field.
How to submit your questions:
Get involved today and #AskMeaghan to discover how you can become a #SAMRUselfadvocacy champion! Submit your questions by using the #AskMeaghan hashtag on social media or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m in the Student Advocacy Resource Centre (Z303) in Wyckham House from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm but feel free to pop by during drop-in hours from 12 to 2 pm on weekdays. The Student Advocacy Resource admins or myself would be happy to help you!