Meet Al-amin, a third-year Innis student and the Social Innovation Chair for the Office of Student Life!
I am a third year student double majoring in Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences.
I currently work for the Office of Student Life as the Social Innovation Chair. I’m also a Student Ambassador for the Innis College New Build and have been the Food Executive for the 2018 Orientation.
Being able to make a difference within the Innis College community by promoting renewable and sustainable practices has been quite satisfying. Helping students network and meet inspirational social entrepreneurs and innovators to then become inspired to pursue unconventional career paths is just the cherry on top. The most challenging thing has really just been spreading awareness. Not everyone is aware of social impact and it’s difficult to spark interest especially when no one has the time to hear what you have to say.
CAREERS WITH PURPOSE! I’ve been very active in the planning process and the recruiting of really interesting ‘living books’ for the living library event on March 13th. It’s definitely a very eye opening experience to be able to network with influential people in a variety of fields. It’s also super refreshing to learn about unconventional career paths that help the world for the better and possibly influence others to follow.
It helps educate students on sustainable and renewable practices that will benefit all people and the globe in the long run. Taking the time to learn about other very important roles that help keep the world running may just allow you to find new interests and passions and possibly discover and future career path. Social innovation allows you to grow and access real social issues and its super rewarding to be able to tackle them.
GET INVOLVED! School is definitely important but taking the time to get involved in a variety of clubs and activities is essential in making the most out of your university experience. It gives you a reason to come to school and builds new interests and networks that can benefit you in the long run. I know it’s intimidating but maybe start with clubs and activities you have a passion for and then build your networks to try new experiences and build new skill sets.