Student Leader Spotlight: Jerry Fokas

Many of our students at Penn State World Campus are strong leaders whose enthusiasm often motivates their peers to get involved in student organizations and activities. We are excited to spotlight some of these excellent student leaders.

Jerry Fokas is pursuing a Master’s in Strategic Management and Executive Leadership with a concentration in negotiation and influence at World Campus while working as a firefighter/EMT. He also serves as vice president of the World Campus Student Government Association (WCSGA).

A valuable experience

Fokas said he has benefitted from WCSGA involvement in many ways, with networking opportunities and the chance to build on his existing skills among the most important rewards.

“I have gotten to meet other student government members from around the country. My interactions with Penn State faculty, staff, and administrators have exceeded expectations. I have been blessed with the opportunity to attend the Board of Trustees meetings, THON, and the Student Leadership Conference. With each opportunity, I have expanded my personal and professional network, building a stronger foundation for future growth and achievement.”

Advice for other students

Fokas strongly encourages other World Campus students to look for involvement opportunities that relate to their skills or interests.

“If that organization does not exist, be the catalyst that starts that organization at World Campus. All you need to do is contact Student Affairs and be willing to put in the work. Your peers, faculty, and staff are incredible people who are deeply invested in your Penn State experience and success. You should do everything you can to maximize your experience and get the most bang for your buck. In the traditional sense, you only get to experience college one time, so leave no stone unturned and be sure to graduate without regrets.”

How to get involved with WCSGA

Anyone interested in learning more about the WCSGA is encouraged to attend the next General Assembly meeting on Tuesday, November 28, at 8:00 p.m. (ET) via this Zoom link. You can also get more information and find out about future meetings on the WCSGA website.

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