Hi there! My name is David Bath, and I am one of the newest members of the OUSA steering committee for 2019-2020. I am extremely honoured and excited to have the opportunity to advocate for over 150,000 undergraduate students across the province, and work alongside so many dedicated student leaders from a diverse array of institutions. Now for the self-glorifying portion of this blog, I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you a bit about myself, and how I ended up working in this position.
I just completed my undergraduate degree in politics and psychology at Queen’s University, and plan to complete an MBA beginning in 2020. I have varying interests, but my passion lies in the cross roads of business, politics, and psychology. In my spare time, I research how one can use principles from business and psychology, and apply them to political circumstances. At my home institution, I am the Commissioner of External Affairs for the Alma Mater Society (AMS) of Queen’s University. Last year, I worked in the AMS as the Director of Advancement which dealt with alumni relations, sponsorship, charitable tax receipting, and fundraising campaigns. Looking forward, I want to use the skills I’ve adopted from my previous work experience and apply them to student advocacy.
Being a seasoned veteran of university life, I’ve had the opportunity to observe the strengths and weaknesses of many institutions in the province. Through these observations, I’ve developed a focus on student financial aid, experiential learning, and research & innovation. My interest in these faucets of academic life make OUSA the perfect organization to give me a platform from which to advocate on these topics. I plan to balance the unique interests of my home institution alongside those which face students across the province to reach solutions which will have a widespread positive impact for all. It’s an exciting time to be involved in student advocacy, and I can’t wait to see what OUSA will accomplish in the upcoming year.
David A. Bath