Paul Matthew Brown—Sept. 13, 2017
Grace Moe, 17, President of the Associated Students of Clark College (ASCC) and Washington Community and Technical Colleges Student Association (WACTCSA) Representative for Clark College is slated to graduate both high school and Clark College with the class of 2018. She, along with her fellows in student government, are beginning their training for their year-long terms in office. I approached her to inquire as to what her plans are and where her initiative stems from in order to highlight young people who strive to improve their lives above and beyond their peers.
Q: Let’s start with the current aims for student government. What are some of the initiatives you guys will be working with this year?
…Last year they decided this year’s ASCC should have food drives, so we’re gonna start doing food drives in October to get students to bring food, know more about how they can help or how they can utilize the penguin pantry resource, which is just open to students..
The other thing is textbook availability… we’re really trying to make textbooks more available to students who can’t afford them, maybe lowering prices if we can.
Q: What made you get involved??
A: I found out that Clark has scholarships, they have food available to student, tutoring, all those different resources—and then I found out that not that many students actually know about those resources.
So that’s why I wanted to join student government—to really make sure that people found out about how Clark can actually help them while they’re on campus. Many students simply go to class, and then they go home.
Q: Can you tell me how you got interested in student involvement in the first place?
A: Last year I did a committee called the S and A Fee Committee, and that’s kind of what got me started with the whole planning of Clark Resources. And that was really interesting because we found out how the money was being used from the students’ payment throughout campus.
Q: What made you curious enough to do that, because that’s a nice little bit of initiative—what are you looking to major in and do?
A: I’m majoring in business, and so I like following the money. I like to know what’s going on with my money, where is it being taken—and so knowing where the money was being put and knowing how I can utilize those resources was really important to me, because I don’t want to just put money into student life, and all those different clubs and organizations and not know how I can utilize them.
I thought about minoring in mathematics because I really like math and I think it would help if I was going into finance, as that would really help. I thought a little bit about psychology if I was going into marketing, because those two work really well together
Q: Long term, what are you looking to gain from a personal development sense in doing this?
A: Honestly, long term for this job, I really am interested in developing my leadership skills. There’s a lot of high school and college jobs that are more just like kind of temporary and you know your employees but you really don’t know how to work with them. I thought being on student government would really help me build how to be a team player, and make sure everyone’s needs are being met—that was really the biggest thing. Also, just having this on my resume is a huge deal to me, because I really love building my resume and letting future employers know what kind of experience I’ve had.
Q: What’s driving you in this direction, as it seems atypical for a person of your age?
A: …I was always really interested in infomercials and stuff. People always flip through their channels, but whenever the things like the “shark master” vacuum came out and I was like, “Oh my gosh, yes!” I think it’s just really interesting how you can promote products and sell them to people…And I like watching money and where it goes and everything. It all just really relates to business…I love love love math, but I’m just not a science person, so engineering and all that wasn’t really my thing. So business really just stuck out to me….
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add, perhaps advice for people who are also looking to improve?
Something that really just pops into my mind is: Get involved. There’s just so much benefit to getting involved. Wherever you are, whether it’s your job, your school—everywhere! There’s just no downside to getting involved…and being organized.