Hey everyone! I’m Rebecca! I had always been interested in planning large scale, live events, but it wasn’t until I got chosen to be a Family Weekend Chair with Brandeis Campus Activities Board that my leadership skills were put to the test. I worked with three other people who were also selected as Family Weekend chairs, the president of CAB, and the faculty advisors in the department of student activities to program this weekend filled with presentations, a comedian, a student talent show, off campus trips to Boston, and receptions to bring all families of the Brandeis community together.
Family Weekend is so important for Brandeis because it showcases to families what Brandeis is all about and what their students are accomplishing. All of the work for events were split among the four chairs. My tasks for Family Weekend included organizing the photo booth, hiring student photographers, marketing the entire weekend, arranging an off campus trip to the Charles River Museum of Innovation in Waltham, and producing the entire Variety Show featuring student performing arts groups in a variety of areas including A capella, dance, and improv. Three of my other sisters: my roommate, Rachel Lese, my big, Haley Director, and my grand-big, Hannah Suib, danced in the show!
By far one of the most challenging yet rewarding events of the weekend was the variety show. I held auditions for the groups, booked an emcee, created the programs, ran logistics, hired technical people, and booked the venue. This was the first major event I had planned on campus all by myself, and I was nervous that it would not go well, but the show was a huge success. It made me realize that I am truly meant to do this. Running the tech rehearsals and auditions really gave me insight for the first time in my life of how it felt to lead a group of people. For the first time, I was the point person and people were asking me their questions. While it felt intimidating when I thought about it, it was fun and rewarding. I have learned so much about myself as a person and as a leader throughout my work with Campus Activities Board as a Family Weekend coordinator. I am super excited to continue my work with them this semester and I cannot wait for my next project!