The Official Launch of the National Student Network
Since creating the National Student Network website in January, we have been in “stealth” mode. Aside from sending a few emails and posting ads to recruit the first cohort of National Young Leaders and Regional Chairs, we wanted to stay inconspicuous. This way, any logistical and technical bugs could be resolved with minimal impact on our users. Nonetheless, we had a trickle of students registering for the NSN — seriously, how did you guys find us? In five months, we have made great strides in developing and implementing the mandates of the NSN. In particular, we are privileged to see such diversity in our first group of National Young Leaders, who are core to our peer-mentorship program. We are also excited to welcome 7 exceptional young leaders as our founding Regional Chairs to our team. Our Regional Chairs will oversee NSN operations within their home province. Having established a solid foundation, we are now ready to publicize our services to schools and organizations around the country – an occasion we are dubbing the official “launch” of the NSN.
I would like to take this opportunity to clarify what the NSN is. Below are some questions that we are frequently asked. (And no, the NSN isn’t a Linkedin for students or another Facebook).
What exactly is the NSN?
- The NSN is Canada’s first online platform for students to discover meaningful opportunities and share experiences through open dialogue, consultations, and mentorship.
What are the benefits of being a registered NSN member?
- Obtaining full access to our comprehensive opportunities database, which is constantly being updated with new events, programs, internships, and conferences.
- Having the opportunity to publish articles online on issues you care about. Your submission will reach youth across Canada and can spark a national discussion.
- Receiving newsletters highlighting opportunities that can get you involved nationally or internationally.
- Connecting with NYLs and benefiting from their expertise, skills, and/or advice.
What is the purpose of my profile?
- The NSN profile serves two roles: 1) it allows us to deliver content tailored to your interest, and 2) it showcases who you are to others. This is important especially when you publish articles.
- As the NSN community grows, we plan to build a forum that allows for more active participation of our members. Profiles will be important in such a forum.
How can I get further involved with the NSN?
- Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to help us build a social community. You can also compose and submit articles on any topic of choice and share them with a national audience. Don’t forget the NYLs as a valuable resource – consult them for advice or engage them in collaboration.
We are very excited to welcome you to a national network of Canadian students! We hope you will find the NSN to be a valuable resource in enhancing your education.
Please do let us know if you have any ideas on how the network can improve. Leave your comments below or shoot us an email at [email protected].