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Here’s What the 2021 Student Life Summit Presenters are Saying About This Year’s Event
May 27, 2021

Hibo Ahmed, Clubs Manager, Brock University Students’ Union:

Tell COCA blog readers a bit about yourself!

“My name is Hibo Ahmed and I am a Somali, Muslim Canadian. I have been part of the BUSU Clubs world for eight years (including my time as an undergraduate student). I have been fortunate to serve as the BUSU Clubs Manager for over four years. Outside my work life, I am pretty sure I finished Netflix, I love food and learning (often together), traveling, and photography.


What has the prep/planning process for your presentation looked like?

“My session is focused on building a sound support structure for clubs therefore my prep has been dedicated to reflection, adjustment, and prediction. When building or enhancing a new practice you must reflect on the foundation of the system. From there you can make adjustments and improvements (often with some customization and research).”


What is something you’re looking forward to during the week of the Student Life Summit?

“Networking, one of my favorite parts of COCA is connecting with other Club Managers/coordinators. Expanding my knowledge, though I appreciate connecting with other Club Managers/Coordinators, you also get the opportunity to attend any session that sparks your interest such as events, marketing, professional development, etc. Live shows - you also get to partake in live showcases which are always great!”


If they haven’t already decided, why should someone attend the Student Life Summit?

“The Student Life Summit is a must! Especially for those who may be new to their student life role or are looking for ways to enhance student life at their campus. The Education Sessions provide such great insight into the student life portfolio! Not only do you walk away with great ideas and momentum you also get to watch awesome live showcases!”



Andy Hall, Marketing Communications Manager, Niagara College Student Administrative Council

Tell COCA blog readers a bit about yourself!

“I’m the 2020/21 COCA BoD (Board of Directors) Chair. You’re likely going to be seeing and hearing from me quite a bit throughout the Summit! I have a huge passion for student life and making sure our students have the best college experience possible!”


What has the prep/planning process for your presentation looked like?

“Prep and planning for this presentation have honestly been something I work on every day. I have a topic that is at the forefront of all organization’s marketer’s minds, ‘how can we be more relevant on campus?’ I’m focusing on the main ‘must haves’ but ultimately I want this to be a discussion with the attendees. What are they struggling with, what are the successes, and some ‘here’s what I’ve done’-type highlights.


What is something you’re looking forward to during the week of the Student Life Summit?

“The Student Life Summit is something I honestly look forward to each year. It is the networking and connecting with friends I only get to see a couple of times a year. COCA is about bringing together the amazing student life minds from around the country. We get to have conversations that only a few others will understand- that is one of the unique perspectives that COCA has over any other conference!”




Kaleb Dahlgren, Humboldt Broncos

Tell COCA blog readers a bit about yourself!

“I recently wrote a book, Crossroads, about my experiences in life, which is about my growing up with Type 1 Diabetes, playing hockey, community service, and my experience as a surviving member of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash on April 6, 2018. I graduated from York University this spring with a Commerce degree and will be pursuing a Doctorate of Chiropractic studies in the fall. I love speaking to people about my experience to offer perspective on resilience, hope, and the importance of community service. Giving back and helping others - fuels my soul!”


Can you give us any hints or sneak peeks as to what we can expect and look forward to in your presentation?

“There will be a lot of learning and sharing going on at the Summit and I want this to be a chance for people to hear my story and hopefully take away some inspiration for their services. Student leaders and programmers do so much for their campus communities, and I want to give you all a boost.”


What is something you’re looking forward to during the week of the Student Life Summit?

Meeting new people and staying in touch afterward!


 

Steve Kosh, Executive Director, Niagara College Student Administrative Council

Tell COCA blog readers a bit about yourself!

Those who have attended Student Life Summits in the past know, I am better known as Kosh.  I’m a proud Dad of two young, teenaged ladies, but if you met me, you’d swear I’m not a day over 31.  I’m a proud Mohawk Marketing grad who spent 15 years post-graduation teaching marketing, practicing marketing and ultimately leaving the marketing field to become an Executive Director.  I started in the Student Association world in 2008 spending eight years at the Mohawk College MSA, eight months at Brock/BUSU, and have called Niagara/NCSAC home for the past five years.


What has the prep/planning process for your presentation looked like?

The prep for my “How to be a good manager” session has been a long road.  I started to prep for the session in 1997 when I started managing Sports & Seasonal at Canadian Tire at the age of 18.  There have been many sleepless nights, many nights that I’ve returned to work at 11 p.m. to complete jobs, but I’ve learned a lot over the years and can’t wait to share some common sense, I mean knowledge, with you!


If they haven’t already decided, why should someone attend the Student Life Summit?

The Student Life Summit is a great way to network and grow your skillset.  It’s also a fantastic way to spitball ideas, ask for pointers and avoid making the same mistakes many of us have made over the years by attempting to re-invent wheels that have existed for decades!  Register today, get your fancy badge and make sure you attend all your sessions to soak up all the knowledge and rub shoulders with the cool kids!

 

Note: Some comments have been edited for clarity.