Yasmine Yahiaoui – Community Project Chairperson
Dear all Concordia students, faculty and staff,
I’m Yasmine Yahiaoui, a 3rd year student in Community, Public Affairs and Policy Studies with a minor in Immigration. My long academic journey as well as my personal drive to succeed brought me here today. As a dyslexic child, I deeply struggled in elementary school and wasn’t able to build self-confidence. During high school, after years of seeking professional assistance, I was finally able to achieve self-confidence as well as excellent academic performance. However, once I’ve gotten into CEGEP, my journey takes a turn. I was in Pure and Applied Sciences with no desire nor motivation to continue my studies - I thought that I couldn’t succeed in my post-secondary journey because of my very low grades. I ended up not going to classes, failing to the point that I was on academic probation. What a shock! I tell myself.
The truth is - I wasn’t studying what I liked. I wasn’t studying what I was good at.
Thus, I made the change. I realized that giving up wasn’t an option because this world needs positive change. After choosing what I truly wanted, I was able to achieve real success: the feeling of joyfulness!
This is why today, I help students who struggle in school, who lack motivation, to find a purpose and continue pushing.
What made me join the Garnet Key Society is the excitement of engaging with a variety of communities within the university. I’ve always enjoyed planning events and giving the opportunity for students to have a great undergrad experience. To me, it is extremely important to have an educational journey that is filled with memories. Indeed, for this year, I plan to have fun and interesting events for Concordia’s communities.
My goal as your Community Project Chairperson is to organize events that are fun to attend!