Candidate Profile: Rashida Jones-Frazier

Rashida Jones-Frazier

Candidate Interview

Describe 2-3 specific leadership experiences which have prepared you to serve as an International Officer.

I have been the Student Government Association President for the past year and a half with Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City. This is one of the leadership experiences that has helped me to prepare for running for International Office. While being President of the Student Government Association I have helped get a parking garage for campus, more books at the Student Library, helped with student issues and concerns, gave the student body a bigger voice, have done over 200 hours of community service, helped raise funds for St. Jude, American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Awareness, and many other things. The second leadership experience that has prepared me for running for International Officer is being the Oklahoma/Arkansas Regional President. During my year's term I have helped and mentored other members, helped with planning Regional Honors Institute and Regional Convention, took part in a several leadership trainings, helped with Honors in Action and College projects, have been a guest speaker at several induction ceremonies and brought chapters from being inactive to active. I also have had a chance to be a part of the Honors Institute in Villanova which was a great experience and expanded the knowledge of the importance of Phi Theta Kappa at the two year colleges. My third experience of preparedness for International Officer was being the Vice President of Leadership for the Alpha Pi Nu Chapter at Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City. The Vice President of Leadership helped me gain experience for becoming Oklahoma/Arkansas Regional President.

I have been a part of other organizations that I feel have also prepared me to run for International Office, but I feel these described above are the most important.

Beyond giving back to the organization, what is the primary reason you are seeking International Office?

The first reason I want to run for an International Officer slot is because of the confidence I have to achieve the goals of the officer slot I am seeking. I feel my leadership experiences will bring a well-rounded International Officer team. Another reason I am seeking International Office is because I would like to be a voice for the organization. This will allow me to build my leadership skills, bring different ideas to the table, get more members and chapters involved, more communication throughout the divisions, bring chapters that are inactive to active and support all Phi Theta Kappa programs. I'm ready to take action and continue to help chapters, regions, and divisions, and people along the way.

In your opinion, what is the most important issue facing community college students today?

I feel there are several issues that community college students face today. One is the issue of taking remedial courses. Remedial courses can hinder the student when they do not perform well in the remedial course, causing them to drop out of school. Remedial courses can be offered in a shorter time frame and free of cost. Another issue of concern is commitment, scheduling conflicts, especially for older adults, single parents, deployable persons, and the working student. Having more classes available at various times would help eliminate this issue. Time management and balancing school with the student's other responsibilities is another area of concern. Time management as part of a college 101 class could be a mandatory class that would help students learn the importance of time management and help them become a more successful student. Students should also have a mentor to help them along the way. Each issue can be fixed which could help build a stress free environment while boosting the student's higher educational goals.

Honors Study Topic Essay

"Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration"
What propels us from curiosity to exploration of a frontier?

I believe what propels people to take the plunge to actually move forward into new territory is internal motivation, determination, courage, confidence, and ambition. The motivation to do great things, explore new adventures and new avenues has to come from within. What motivates one person of course is very different from what motivates another person, but as I stated before I believe it comes from within and for some people it may be for personal reasons. For me is all about serving as a role model for my children and other students. Limitations are just in our minds.

Curious people are often called seekers because we enjoy new things or like to experience different things but we also look for challenges that will broaden are experiences. This often involves learning new skills, making and meeting new friends, or pushing ourselves to do our very best.

Some people just like to see what's on the other side of a certain situation. They want to see the outcome of the exploration. They want to be able to tell the next person don't ever give up; if I can do it, you can do it. You can do whatever you put your mind to.

Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way (-Les Brown).