Connecting your Student Organization to your Future: Third Year Council (TYC)

Kaitlyn Diaz – October 4th, 2017

Do you want to know how you can develop leadership skills through a student organization at UVA? Check out the following spotlight on Third Year Council (TYC), a special status organization, featuring Galen Green. Galen is a third year at the University of Virginia studying Commerce and is currently serving as the President of Third Year Council. Read on to learn Galen's journey with Class Council. 


What is the benefit of joining Class Council?

I think the main benefit is getting to serve your class- 4,000 students that you get to help thrive at UVA.  You also get a lot of hard skills, like working with a budget, planning an event, or working in a team to get a job done.  Furthermore, you meet some really cool people on council- this includes both people also serving on council as well as the cool students who attend our events.  Overall, I would argue that my time in Class Council has made me grow more than any class ever has; I have learned how to talk to people and encourage them to try to accomplish their goals, and I have learned how to believe in myself as well.  

What is your current role and overall experience of being involved in Class Council? How have you grown or changed?

I am currently serving as the President of Third Year Council.  My first year, I served as the co-chair for the Outreach committee, and my second year I served as the Vice President of Second Year Council.  I have absolutely grown and changed in more ways that I can list here, but I think my increased amount of responsibility every year has really challenged me in positive ways.  My first year, I managed approximately 10 people; this year, I am managing about 58 people in 7 different committees.  This has allowed me to learn how to interact with different types of people and, more importantly, how to motivate different types of people and make them all feel confident in their abilities.  

What are some transferrable skills gained from being a member of Class Council that can be mentioned in a resume or interview?

The most common one I see our students putting on resumes is the ability to work with a budget.  Each committee is given a finite amount of money to work with for the whole year; each committee member learns how to budget this and how to look for other sources of funding.  Furthermore, I think the team dynamics you experience in Class Council is a great thing to bring up in an interview.  You are learning how to work with a group of people who are also busy and have different strengths and weaknesses, and being able to balance each other is really powerful and impressive.

How does your organization help undergraduate students explore their options, in terms of career track, or explore something about themselves (i.e. strengths, weaknesses, limitations)?

There are a lot of ways Class Council helps people learn more about themselves.  For instance, if you are interested in a career in marketing, you can join our marketing committee and experiment with graphics and what marketing means to you; on the other hand, you can also join council and learn how to do graphics and market effectively.  More generally, you can use Class Council as a way of learning leadership skills, which are very applicable in almost ever career these days.

What advice would you give to UVA students interested in exploring Class Council? Or what general advice do you have for students who are uncertain in what they want to get involved in? How can they start?

Applications for Class Councils open in the Spring semester after elections, and I would absolutely encourage anyone and everyone to apply!  In Class Council, you get to interact with a lot of different parts of UVA, and this could even help you learn what other clubs you want to get involved in at UVA.  Until applications open up, I would encourage an interested student to attend Class Council events and observe what they like about them and what they don't like about them- these are really cool things to bring up when interviewing or applying to any job, and Class Council is no exception.  The best way to show you love something is to strive to make it better and never be complacent.


Want to explore and get involved in Class Council? Email Galen Green (gkg3c@virginia.edu) with any questions about upcoming events or the membership process.