MICAH ZAGALA

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MUNSS PRESIDENT 2018-2019

Why did you decide to join MUNSS?

I decided to join MUNSS because it gives me the opportunity to be an advocate for the student voice on both a faculty and administration level. As stakeholders of our own education, we students are directly impacted by the decisions made in our program and therefore, it is vital for our voices to be heard and valued. I want to help be a catalyst for positive change and MUNSS gives us that very platform to do so. The executive team is group of driven, passionate individuals who aspire to create a memorable year full of enriching social and academic experiences for the nursing community and I am so honoured to be a part of that process.

What are some goals this year regarding your MUNSS role?

One major goal this year is to bridge the gaps between the faculty and students and enhance transparency between the two bodies. This year, a student advisory group made up of the MUNSS level and stream representatives has been created to regularly meet with the faculty and voice current student issues. I also meet individually with the faculty and curriculum education committees each month, so if you have any concerns that you would like to be expressed, feel free to email me at president@munss.ca. A Town Hall is also in the midst of being set up in collaboration with the Vice Dean and Assistant Dean. This is an event that provides the opportunity for the faculty to meet with the entire student body to answer common questions and concerns for the program, so be on the lookout for updates on our social media pages!

Overall, I will be working alongside your other MUNSS executives to help ensure that you have a balanced, memorable university experience through both social and academic events. We’ll also be updating Hole in the Wall (the nursing student lounge) to make it a more accessible, welcoming space for students to use as both a hangout and study spot.

What advice do you have for your fellow nursing students?

You are a part of a program that provides countless opportunities for you to grow into competent, compassionate nursing professionals. Take advantage of them! Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and get involved with the nursing student community. There are so many events that we have planned during the year to help you enhance your knowledge and critical thinking skills as well as develop close friendships with other people in your program.

Also, don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself as a student! Your voice matters and is truly valued by MUNSS and the faculty. Reach out to myself or any of the other executive members if you have any concerns.

A fun fact about yourself, or the craziest thing youve ever done!

I’m a foodie, very inclusive of all and every cuisine and delicacy out there so feel free to postmate anything to me.

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Thank you Micah! Feel free to contact Micah at president@munss.ca for any questions or concerns.

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