Katie Burdick, Candidate, Vice President of Arlington

Master’s Student, International Security (full-time student)

Expected Graduation Date: May 2018

Brief biography and candidate statement about why you would be qualified for this position:

Hi, my name is Katie Burdick. I currently live in D.C. but I call Utah home. I have an undergraduate degree in film along with a minor in business. My work experience includes management, event planning, and social media marketing. I am currently pursuing my masters in International Security with the hopes of lending my unique background to an analyst position.

As you can tell, my interests are varied. When I am not reading Waltz or Shelling, I like to pick up Twain or Dumas. Some of my favorite things include hiking, concerts, and funny YouTube videos. Education is a passion and I work hard to make myself well-rounded. I knew that transitioning from film to government would require work so I came in determined to catch up quickly and get involved in everything.

Unity and comradery are important to me as a graduate student. I believe that networking and creating friendships is not only beneficial for a future career but can open unknown doors and enrich learning. A cohort should be a support group and can make or break a graduate experience. Because of my own background, I am personally invested in making sure every admitted student feels as welcome and involved as I have felt since starting here at George Mason last Fall.

Aside from a genuine interest in the welfare of my peers, I believe that my past work experience qualifies me for this position. As a manager and event coordinator at a new campus venue, I created events specifically for students and within the constraints of university policy. I worked with administrators and various departments to draw in students and create an atmosphere that was uplifting and engaging. I managed a team of students that planned the events as well as a separate staff to execute them. I recruited businesses, contracted with entertainment, marketed and tracked events. As a manager, I helped settle disputes and facilitated communication between students and administration.

There are multiple graduate programs on the Arlington campus, each with their unique aims and concerns. I want to help facilitate more communication not only within each graduate program but between the business, policy, and conflict analysis schools. This coming fall I will be a full-time student with a part-time job that will leave me able and willing to focus on my fellow students. I want to be part of building a successful graduate culture here at George Mason University.

 

Will you be able to meet the time commitments and expectations of the position? Describe your availability for Fall 2017, as well as other on-going time commitments (e.g., classes, work, organizational involvement).

I will be able to meet the time commitments and expectations for the Vice President (Arlington Campus). I will be a full-time student in Fall 2017 while also working part-time as a research assistant.

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