Stephen F. Austin State University

Student Leader Spotlight

Jay Brooks

Classification: Senior

Major: Information Technology

Hometown: Arlington, Texas

Organization/Position: Orientation Programs/ Orientation Student Coordinator

What organizations and/or offices are you involved in?

Student Activities Association, Orientation Programs, Computer Science Club, Gamexchange

What have you gained from being a student leader?

I have gained an understanding of how to be an effective communicator and an organized leader. I have also learned how to form plans that allow everyone to meet organizational goals and keep them motivated. Lastly, I have gained confidence, communication, consistency and compassion through my experiences.

How do you balance your academic and co-curricular activities?

I use deep time management and "midnight oil". Also, there is a lot of planning that goes into my daily routine, such as planning stress relief, study time, personal time and the details of my day. There is a lot of organization that goes into being a student leader.

What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?

DO IT! You learn how to balance life and form bonds with anyone you work alongside. These bonds help you develop as a student leader. Getting involved gives you the skills that you cannot learn inside the classroom!

How do you live by the SFA Way?

I try to be kind to everyone even when I'm off campus and in my leadership positions. I hold myself responsible for everything I do, as well as practice honesty and integrity in all situations that come by way. It is my mission to unite students and faculty that share the SFA principles.

In what ways do you plan to utilize your leadership skills after college?

I plan to be a professor of computer science. I strive to mold young minds to become leaders in our field who can grow and make great strides for the field and their communities.