If you’re new to the BCITMA, you’ve probably had at least one encounter with Sylvia. As the VP of Membership, Sylvia handles everything to do with being a member; from registration to tracking member hours.
From interacting with Sylvia these past few weeks, you can tell she is passionate about writing. Her perfect attendance at every Communications Committee meeting (despite her packed schedule) speaks to her passion and also to her work ethic.
Learn more about Sylvia, including her favourite memories of BCIT and her future aspirations, below!
*Questions will be italicized and bold.
What is your main responsibility as VP of Membership?
My main responsibility as the VP of Membership for the BCITMA is to take care of membership inquiries. This mainly involves two key jobs. The first is to register & renew memberships and the second is to keep track of member hours. A lot of my role is admin-based and requires some good level of organization. In my work, I get the privilege of coordinating with a lot of the other VPs and it’s been fun to work alongside them.
Favourite part of your role?
My favourite part of the role is getting to meet a bunch of new people since I’m the first form of contact for most new members. It’s always fun to be able to spread my MA knowledge to all the new members and help out with any inquiries about the club. In addition, I’m a one-person team so I like the freedom of being able to help out with some of the other committees.
Right now, I’m working with the VP of Professional Development to help with Schmoozapalooza and with the VP of Communications to write articles for the club. I get to experiment with different committees and help out where I can which helps make my BCITMA experience super well rounded.
Why did you decide to study at BCIT?
I did my undergrad at SFU in Communications and Psychology and although it was a worthwhile educational experience, it left me with very little applied skills for the workforce. I decided to study at BCIT when I realized I needed more technical skills to land a job. It was one of the best impulsive decisions (I applied for the program just a couple days before the deadline) I have ever made and I’m looking forward to where BCIT takes me!
What do you plan to do after BCIT?
After BCIT, I hope to land a job in marketing communications with a strong emphasis on writing. I’m a person who truly enjoys the power of written communication and I would like to pursue a career in that avenue. In addition, I’m a huge beauty junkie so working in the beauty industry is something I hope to do.
Why beauty? What fascinates you about makeup or the beauty industry in general?
I’m one of those people who is either obsessed with something or I don’t care at all. Makeup is something that I’ve been obsessed with since I got into it so it’s probably something that was just meant to be. It’s really just my version of a creative outlet. I like to experiment with different looks and I’m always trying out new products. The beauty industry is a huge industry and I know there are a ton of marketing opportunities in the field. As someone who is constantly keeping up with beauty news as a consumer, I would love to be working for the other side!
If you were in 1st year, what advice would you give yourself?
If I were back in first year, I would tell myself to take it a week at a time and to enjoy the ride. BCIT is super crazy and an educational experience that many will never understand. Looking back, I wish I took the time to take it all in. I miss so many aspects of first year that I will never be able to go back to because I was always looking forward to the end of the semester and getting it all over with.
I would also tell myself to cherish my set more. In first year, you’re all new to the crazy and it’s definitely meaningful to be able to go through it alongside 20 other confused individuals. The set system at BCIT is one of my favourite aspects of the program and I’ll always be thankful for those who went through first year with me. Shout out to my G Fam!!
Onto the fun stuff: what relaxing things do you do outside of school?
I don’t get much time to do too many things outside of school so I try to cherish the time when I do. I enjoy watching television, reading trashy pop culture gossip, going to concerts with friends and sleeping. Everyone who knows me knows that I’m the nap queen so I’m always napping when I can. It’s the only thing that gets me through the school year!
What’s your favourite memory of the BCITMA?
I’ve had some pretty fond memories of the BCITMA but the one that most recently sticks out is our Information Session. It was our first formal pitch to interested members and something that just came together very well. I know that I don’t only speak for myself when I say that the outcome was truly inspiring. It really pumped us (the Exec Board) up to see the enthusiasm for the club and made us super ecstatic for the year ahead.
And finally: any TV shows you’re obsessing over right now?
I don’t really have much time to watch too much television currently, especially anything new, but I’m slowly going through my yearly re-watch of Friday Night Lights. It’s one of my favourite shows and I make sure to go through the series at least once a year.
This concludes Samantha’s interview with VP of Membership: Sylvia Tran!
Stay tuned for the next edition of our MA Spotlight!