The companion to the Student Social Media Academy:

Sarah Aguilar // Student Leadership Going Digital

College students today have a radically different experience growing up with social media. We explore this topic with this week’s guest, Sarah Aguilar. Sarah is currently a Junior Psychology major at Illinois State University, where she holds several student leader roles on campus including serving as the ISU Student Trustee and is part of the division of student affairs digital influence student team. Sarah is a genuine and insightful student who shares her thoughts on how social media has shaped her life – including when it became troublesome and how she makes it work today. She also gives advice on how to best reach students on social and simple but powerful advice for supporting student leaders.

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My name is Sarah Aguilar and I am currently a Junior Psychology major at Illinois State University. Throughout my time at ISU I have been very involved throughout various departments of the university. For example, I was on Student Government my freshman year and served as East Campus Senator. This provided me with the opportunity to serve as the secretary of the Finance and Planning Committee. In addition, I was able to go to the state capital twice and speak with legislators, senators, and Speaker of the House, Mike Madigan, regarding MAP grant funding and capital funding. I have also been a LinC Peer Instructor through University College which is a course for Freshman that assists them with a smooth transition from high school to college. I helped with lesson planning, advice, and even presented my own helpful tips to the class on how to become active on campus. I also have been a Preview Guide for the past two years which entails being a freshman orientation leader. In addition, I have worked through our Division of Student Affairs as a Social Media Influencer.

Next, I have worked with the Dean of Students for the past 2 1/2 years. Also, I was a Welcome Week Intern this past summer which allowed me to assist and plan events for the incoming freshman to feel more connected with ISU. Lastly, I am the Student Trustee for ISU which entails establishing tuition and fees for ISU, analyzing and determining our Presidents salary based on performance, and approve of construction and projects greater than $500,000, and more. All in all, I love being so involved at my university and it has really helped make ISU my home away from home.

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I’m Dr. Josie Ahlquist—a digital engagement and leadership consultant, researcher, educator, and author. I’m passionate about helping people and organizations find purposeful ways to connect, engage, and tell their unique story. I provide consulting, executive coaching, and training for campuses, companies, and organizations that want to learn how to humanize technology tools and build effective and authentic online communities.

My blog and podcast have been recognized by EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. My book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education, was published in 2020 and was listed as a #1 new release for college and university student life. I have been growing my consultancy since 2013 and am based in Los Angeles. When I’m not helping clients lead online, you might find me training for a triathlon, spoiling my nieces and nephews, or exploring with my husband and our rescue dogs in our new RV called Lady Hawk.

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