The Insider Scoop: YFS Elections
I still remember that anxious feeling I had in my stomach on my first day at Glendon — the same feeling I would happen to have when I started campaigning for the York Federation of Students elections. My name is Dasha Androusenkov, and last February I ran for the position of Glendon director of the YFS, a position that I am so grateful to fill now in my fourth year. However, It would be a lie if I said I wasn’t scared or intimidated throughout the campaigning process. After all, this is the inside scoop.
“This is the real deal. This is no longer a model government in high school. These elections directly impact the students on both campuses of York University.” That was the monologue I nervously delivered to myself on the first day of the YFS elections for the 2019-2020 school year, when I realized what elections really encompassed. Student politics is no joke. From postering at 6 a.m., to constantly trying to portray the best version of yourself, to fighting for your initiatives and getting students to vote, the election was one of the most exhausting weeks in my life. I applaud all students involved because I can truly say that political activism on campus is exhausting and mentally draining. Nevertheless, trust me when I tell you that this was also the best week of my life. Yes, I was tired. Yes, I am still tired, but I loved election week. I don’t recall getting much sleep, but I am eternally grateful for the Tim’s on campus which provided me with the caffeine I needed. Elections allowed me to interact with the student body, understand what needs to be changed, learn how to manage my time, and fight for what I believe is important on campus.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “the purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” This quotation inspired me to get involved. Regardless of its great scale, my position allows me to make a difference on my favourite school campus — an opportunity that I would never give up.
I’d like to take this moment to thank Boluwaji Joseph for running such a great campaign on the opposing side. I am well aware of the emotional stress that comes with elections and you did a great job. It was an honour to have you as my opponent. Furthermore, to everyone that came out and voted, volunteered, and helped throughout the elections, we wouldn’t be here without you — and for that, merci.
Thinking of getting involved in campus politics? I urge you to pursue that desire. I wish someone had pushed me to start earlier, but I believe that it’s never too late. So here I am, pushing you. Go, chase after your political dream; make a difference. My term officially commenced at the beginning of this semester, and this past month has changed my life. I have met so many strong-minded, ambitious, and dedicated politically-active students who push me to do the best I can. Walking through the Glendon halls makes me happy knowing that I can participate in the change that is coming to our campus.
So what’s the final inside scoop? Student politics need to be taken just as seriously as federal politics, but there is one difference: no matter which slate you run with, no matter which position you have, we are all one team. If you want to get involved or if you have any questions, please reach out to me on Facebook or Instagram. That’s why I’m here! I am excited to work with others to improve the student experience on campus and to motivate others to become politically active within their school.