Abandon Text!

W. H. Auden once said: "Poems are not finished; they are abandoned." I have been abandoning writing projects for many years, since only the pressure of deadline and high expectations ever got me to finish, or even start, anything of merit. This blog is an attempt to create a more consistent, self-directed writing habit. Hopefully a direction and voice will emerge.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Officer Material

I need to prepare an application for officers for the SKS. (We've had an application process in the past, but I wasn't completely happy with the previous forms and questions.) Here's some of what I came up with. (Yeah, I know, it's work-a-day writing . . . but sometimes it's all I have in me.)

(Why be an SKS officer? )

Officer Positions
  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Publicity Czar
  1. Experience. What leadership or organizational experience do you have? Describe whatever organizations (academic, extra-curricular, community, etc.) you have been involved in helping and the roles you fulfilled.
  2. Skills. What specific skills do you possess that would be helpful in fulfilling the officer position for which you are applying? Consider speaking skills, writing skills, computer skills (publication/layout, web design), planning and organizational skills, and artistic skills. What specific skills that you currently lack would you be willing to learn to fulfill your officer role?
  3. Motive. Why do you want to be an SKS officer? What do you hope to gain for yourself in the role, and what do you hope to give to the SKS community? What, if anything, would you like to see happen in the SKS that is not happening now?
  4. Philosophy. In 250 words or less, describe in your own words the philosophy of the Self Knowledge Symposium. Then describe your relationship to that philosophy: what appeals to you about it? What do you agree with? What do you disagree with?



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