Volunteering introduces you to new people, ideas and activities.  Furthermore, having a strong service record on your CV puts you another step ahead of other potential candidates.  For example, last year I became involved with the University of Waterloo Graduate Student Associate (GSA).  The GSA governs many of the policies that affect graduate students such as child care, housing, tuition, salary, health care, supervisor conflicts, etc.   In my role as GSA departmental councillor, I have helped graduate students learn of all the services, opportunities and activities available to them and I have also organized many departmental socials such as an upcoming math music night.  Personally, being on the GSA has made me much more aware and appreciative of all that is involved in running a Graduate program.  I have meet a lot of passionate people who volunteer their time to improving the lives of graduate students.

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