Halldorson shares her highlights, goals, and accomplishments from the 2021-2022 school year

By: Delaney O’Hara

The Projector caught up with Avery Halldorson, the president of the Red River College Students’ Association, to hear how her term went and what the future of the SA looks like.

The 2021-2022 SA executive team (L-R): Austin Burtniak (VP external), Jahnavi Jahnavi (VP academic), Avery Halldorson (president), Mandeep Sidhu (VP internal)./RRCSA

Q: Why did you want to become the SA president?

A: “After being with the SA for two years, first on the board, then VP Academic, I knew I wanted to be the one to lead the organization for my last year. So, I ran for President. It was a very close race. But I am so grateful I could steer the RRCSA in the best direction I could during a global pandemic, which alone made my experience different from many other past presidents.”

Q: What were your goals as SA president?

A: “My goals included many different aspects, communication with students and engagement was one important thing I wanted to improve. I really wanted to go through as many policies and our bylaws as I could to make sure everything was up to date with our current world.

“I also wanted to improve some of our current initiatives and opportunities. The Teacher Award of Excellence is one of my proudest accomplishments. We had so much good feedback from students and the instructors on how grateful they were to be recognized. This past year we didn’t just recognize the winner—we recognized everyone nominated!”

Avery Halldorson was the VP academic in the 2020-2021 school year before being elected SA president./RRCSA

Q: Did you accomplish your goals?

A: “I think so. Our SA Rep meetings have increasingly gained engagement, which is wonderful in this online world. I also updated our bylaws which was a very long process, but I feel it clarified them a ton. I have finished three policies with the GIRC Committee but still have a few to finish before my term ends May 1st. And as I said, the Teacher Award of Excellence got stellar feedback.”

Q: How was your experience as SA president?

A: “It is a full-on experience to be president. You are very busy, and the work never ends. But I mean that in the most positive way possible, as this job shaped me and my career in the best way. 

“The president’s position and my time with the SA have taught me so much about who I am and what I want to do after college, and it helped me secure a full-time job outside of college almost immediately. If you want to grow, learn new skills, work hard, and get that job in the future, being an executive at the RRCSA is the right path for you.”

Q: What do you hope the next SA president does?

A: “I hope the next president continues the new processes and initiatives we have created this year and uses their own unique experiences to develop new ways to improve students’ college experience. I hope they remember they are a role model for the VPs and all other students. So, make sure you are the best version of yourself you can be every day.”