August 16, 2018

Meet Amrita Mohair: The FCAT Representative on the Board of Directors

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By Amber Shao

This year, Communication student Amrita Mohar was elected as the new FCAT Representative on the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) Board of Directors. In this blog post, she shares her experience at FCAT, how she balances academics and activities, and closes off with some advice for incoming FCAT students.

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Amrita and I am the FCAT Rep for the SFSS. I am also a third year Communication major. My job at the SFSS is to advocate on behalf of FCAT students to ensure their needs are met. I’m excited to meet and work with some of the students this year and look forward to bettering the FCAT experience.

As the Faculty Representative, can you describe your role, responsibilities, and experiences?

With my position on the Board of Directors, my main task is to speak on behalf of my faculty (FCAT). On top of that, I have to maintain relations with student unions, and be a part of some of the committees on our board as well.

Currently, I am working with the student unions to create a workshop series for all students which is really exciting (stay tuned!). It is tricky to juggle at times, but the amazing, motivated individuals I have met, and the platform that I have makes it all worth it. 

How do you balance your academic and activities?

Honestly, I am still trying to find the perfect balance between my academics and activities. You can achieve what you think is the perfect "groove" but new opportunities and changes are always on the horizon, and they can alter that "groove" pretty quickly. Taking my position on the Board of Directors is an example of that. It’s been a lot of trial and error, but I‘ve found a good balance for the time being.

If I was to give advice on the subject, I’d say to be adaptable. Take an hour to write down what you need to do. Tools that have allowed me to keep on track is Google Calendar, and having a small notepad with me to jot down notes for myself.

Why did you choose FCAT?

The reason I chose this faculty was because I knew I wanted to be a part of something innovative and different, and FCAT aligned with these values perfectly. I truly believe that FCAT is the future and I can't wait to see what happens next with this faculty. 

Any advice for incoming FCAT students?

When I started my first year at SFU, I quickly realized the importance of getting involved. It’s about more than making friends (which is an awesome bonus), but especially in FCAT, the work you do outside of your classes is equally as important to your academics.

If I didn't join my student union (CMNSU)Young Women in Business, or go to those countless networking events, I don't think I would have been able to obtain my position on the Board of Directors. It's the external connections and experiences that makes you strive that much further.

I hear more people regret not getting involved than people that actually do. I definitely do not.  

Have a question for Amrita, send her a note at fcatrep@sfss.ca