Park Eager to Increase Awareness and Success of GSC
RADFORD -- Paul Park tries to get his hands on everything.
“That may be a strength of mine or it may be a weakness, but I try to learn everything I can, and I see that as a good thing,” said Park, the newly appointed president of Radford University’s Graduate Student Council (GSC).
Park, a second-year student in RU’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology master’s program, is eager to face the challenges of being the council’s leader. One of those challenges, he said, is to create more opportunities for graduate students to be involved in campus life and in the GSC.
“Many graduate students do not know about the GSC,” Park said. “It’s my job to make more people aware of the Graduate Student Council and inform them of all the opportunities available on campus.”
Park says he feels many graduate students are not comfortable attending campus events because many believe those events are for undergraduate students only. He wants to change that perception, while also creating events such as graduate student socials to help grad students be more comfortable on campus.
“I hope to shed light on all campus activities and events for graduate students to become involved,” Park said. “I want graduate students to know that the GSC is here to help them feel like they are part of the Radford University campus. My goal for GSC this year is to truly reach out to students and provide the resources to aid a meaningful and enjoyable graduate student experience.”
The GSC exists under the RU Student Government Association in the Internal Governance System. It represents the interests of graduate students and works with the university to improve the quality of graduate educational programs and graduate student life.
In order to meet the challenges, Park has established a set of goals that he hopes will make GSC more prevalent on campus and in the community. “We want the GSC to give back to the community, and we are preparing to organize community service projects throughout the school year,” Park noted, keeping in tune with the university’s theme of celebrating its Centennial through service.
A native of Charlotte, N.C., Park began his presidency in August and already has been busy. However, he’s used to the large workload, having been a member of numerous organizations at North Carolina State University, where he completed his undergraduate studies, including Psi Chi psychology honor club, a service fraternity and the Asian Student Association.
Park followed in his sister Jane Park’s footsteps by enrolling in graduate school at RU, soon after she completed a master’s degree in speech pathology. “We have a thing in Asian culture about seniority,” Park explained. “My parents tell me that I should listen to my sister.”
He may not always follow that advice, but he’s glad he did listen to his sister about studying for his master’s degree at Radford University.
“It’s really great here, and my family and all my professors have been really supportive,” he said. “My colleagues in I/O psychology and my professors have been great. They keep me going and keep me motivated.”
September 16, 2010