Have you ever wondered what it is like to be the UCOSA President? Well, now you have the chance to finally know! UCOSA President Remington Dean is here to tell you all about what it is like to the President of UCOSA at UCO.
What does your typical day as UCOSA President look like? My typical day is a juggling act. I have to remind myself that I am also a student, so going to class is important. After I finish class, I go to the UCOSA office to respond to emails/phone calls, go to meetings with various leaders on campus, student organizations and other executive boards. No day is ever the same and each day presents a new challenge.
What’s been the hardest part of being UCOSA President? The hardest part, for me, has been trying to figure out if I am doing a good job. Often times, people don’t appreciate the work you do, they only tell you when you’ve done something they don’t agree with. I have to remind myself to keep pushing forward and to do what is best for the students.
What’s been the most rewarding thing to happen while being UCOSA President? Hands down, the most rewarding aspect of my job has been an interaction with one student at UCO. This student came to me and thanked me for fighting to keep the cost of UCO as low as possible. The student stated that with the increasing cost of UCO, they didn’t think they would be able to complete their degree. However, with hopes that the cost wouldn’t increase in the next year, they were able to enroll for the spring semester. This is the greatest moment I could have ever had because this student and their story is exactly why I do what I do.
What’s something you want the UCO student body to know? The student body has more power than they know. If you want to see a change on campus you can make it happen. Imagine what would happen if all 16,000+ students came together for a common cause.
What are the primary duties of the UCOSA President? Represent all student voices. It’s as simple, and as complicated, as that.
What should UCO students expect from you? The UCO students should expect someone that will advocate for all students. Someone that is willing to voice their opinion, no matter how unpopular it is. The UCO student body president is the greatest hope the students have for having their concern brought to administration. This job isn’t about making friends; it’s about doing what’s best for the students.
What would you say to students thinking of running for UCOSA President? Don’t run if you’re only doing it for a title. This job is actual work. This job is truly important. This job will run your life for the next year. And remember, your job, is to be the voice of all students, no matter if you agree with it or not. You are the person administration will ask for opinions, you must put your own bias aside for the interest of the whole.