Meet This Year’s President for a Day Winner!

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana Campuses

For the past three years, in collaboration with the Career Center, we have organized a President for a Day competition, for which students apply to serve as campus president for the day. During that day (which is one of my favorite days of the year), the selected student attends all meetings with me, as well as a celebratory luncheon for all students who applied.

This year, 19 applicants completed several levels of screening, including submitting a resume, participating in a group interview, completing a HireVue interview and interviewing one final time in an individual capacity. Students who did not complete the entire process received personalized feedback on their resumes and interviews, and learned about the resources available in the Career Center. The winner received the experience of shadowing me for a day, as well as a $500 scholarship sponsored by the Valencia Foundation.

This year, Tamyia Paul, who was nominated by five people, was selected as President for a Day. I started the day shadowing Tamyia, attending her Spanish class with her. Then, we visited with Transitions, followed by meetings with Student Development and the Office for Students with Disabilities. We attended the celebratory lunch, after which we attended the deans team meeting. Finally, we spent an hour debriefing the day and her experience.

During our one-on-one time together, Tamyia shared with me that she participated in the first round of interviews for this experience the morning that she learned her grandmother passed away. She said she did her best despite her heart being elsewhere, and moving through the interview rounds showed her that she can face any challenge head on and overcome it. She also mentioned that she can see that at Valencia College, the students are number one; during the deans team meeting, she was impressed with everyone’s attention to student issues.

I sincerely enjoyed learning more about Tamyia’s perspectives of the College. I am amazed at the number of hours she works each week and the extraordinary level of academic success she has been able to maintain. She dreams of one day serving as a judge, and I have complete confidence that she will achieve all of her academic and professional goals.

In the short term, she plans to graduate from Valencia with her Associate in Arts in the spring, and then DirectConnect to the University of Central Florida (UCF) to pursue a bachelor’s degree in legal studies at the Downtown Campus, where she hopes to be a resident assistant.

Many thanks to Margaux Pratt, coordinator, career development services, for establishing this opportunity and for engaging with others at the College, including Organizational Development and Human Resources for the HireVue portion, to make this competition happen.

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