As the semester reaches mid-term season, the ESA is hosting their first essay clinic on October 7. Students from all disciplines who are looking for extra help and advice on their essays are invited to attend this free weekly drop-in clinic in 573A Glenridge, room 146 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the Fall semester. The English Students Association (ESA) has been providing valuable opportunities for English students for the last twenty years, and are continuing their efforts in improving students’ personal and professional lives at Brock University through various volunteer opportunities and services. With today’s increasingly competitive job market, the ability to stand out from other candidates is a crucial component of any job search. Volunteering is a valuable way to gain transferable skills experience, as well as building a social network, in preparation for the workforce.
Throughout the Fall/Winter session, the ESA hosts a variety of events to connect students with peers and faculty. Since the association is a student organization rather than a club, every student of the English department is automatically a member, free of charge. As an association run by students for students, there are three levels of membership varying in time commitment and responsibilities to accommodate the diversity of student lives. At the first level of membership, every English major or minor is a general member of the ESA, making them eligible for the Book Prize scholarship and a beneficiary of all ESA fundraising. It is the most casual form of membership requiring minimal responsibility—perfect for first-year students adjusting to university life, or members with busy schedules. Attending events as a casually committed general member of the ESA is a great opportunity to create relationships with peers and meet future professors.
The second level of ESA membership consists of committee members who volunteer their time and creativity to help make the ESA’s events successful. While the role of a committee member has an elevated degree of responsibility, the level of commitment is at the student’s discretion, depending on course loads and other obligations.
Becoming a part of the executive team is the final level of membership, consisting of the President and a team of three Vice Presidents representing different areas of specialization. All executives are members of the committee who help run events, such as Career Night and Poetry Out Loud, participating in the planning and execution of all events and services run by this student-powered association.
The ESA aims to connect the Brock English Community, improve academic and social success for Brock students, and assist other communities in need through fundraisers and initiatives. In an attempt to enhance the student life at Brock for each English student, the ESA encourages students to participate in the organization’s events and services.
The ESA is committed to creating a valuable experience for English students that will help them with their future academic and career endeavours through extracurricular involvement. Connect with the organization on Facebook and Twitter @brockESA for more information.