Leadership lived: Ben Szalinski

Leadership lived: Ben Szalinski


My name is Ben Szalinski and I’m a political
science sophomore at UIS. I am the president of Student Advocacy Coalition
and chair of the Community Awareness Committee for Leadership for Life, as well as treasurer
for Alternative Spring Break and I also work in intramural sports at TRAC. So I’ll start with the internship or fellowship
that you sent. Today we’re having a bi-weekly Student Advocacy
Coalition meeting. Student Advocacy Coalition is a group of student
lobbyists, so our job is to go to our legislators and talk to them about what kind of changes
we want to see as college students in the General Assembly. It’s important to be involved in anything
in politics, especially with your own education because the decisions that legislators will
make, they directly impact how you’re education is going to function. If you want to see the best education for
yourself, you have to go advocate for what you want to see. A lot of the work we do is based on reaching
out to students to get them involved in coming to our lobby day to talk to the legislators. We reach out to different community members
to have them come talk to us about different things going on in the Springfield community
and why we as students should be involved in what goes on. Right now, I’m doing an online internship
with the Department of Veteran Affairs. So I write some online articles about veterans
and what veterans have done in their life and activities they’ve done in the community
and those articles will go up on their blog. After graduating from UIS, I want to go into
a journalism field – work for a major media outlet reporting on different news stories
or work as kind of like a public relations person. I’m from Mundelein, Illinois, up in Lake County
and I decided to come to UIS because as a political science major coming to study in
the state capital made a lot of sense. UIS was a very good small campus that I felt
like I could get involved in and it was very affordable for me to attend. UIS has taught me a lot about leadership because
it’s shown me that the only way if you want to make an impact in the community, you have
to be involved, you have to be a leader. I’m glad I came to UIS because I was able
to get very involved in the community and to make a good impact on the UIS community,
as well as to gain a lot of really relevant experience that will help me later on in life
and in my career.

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