The "Meet Your Student Leaders" series provides graduate students and postdoctoral fellows an opportunity to get to know the students who run the various graduate student organizations at UAB.

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Q: What is your name, age and program of study?

A: “I am Nathalia Melo, 23, and a doctoral student in GBS BSSB.”

Q: What is your role within the organization?

A: “Chief of Staff.”

Q: What responsibilities does that role entail?

A: “Making sure the program stays organized and people are doing the jobs they signed up to do!”

Q: How are you benefitting from this leadership position? How will it help you achieve your future career goals? What are you learning from this role?

A: “This is helping me find new ways to stay organized and be able to approach people about issues in a productive manner. Being organized is key to any career so I’m excited to be learning techniques that will carry over throughout my future.”

Q: Why should graduate students get involved in student organizations?

A: “Being involved in student organizations is a great way to get to know people! I've loved being able to meet graduate students from different programs and learn more about UAB as a whole.”

Q: Why should graduate students get involved in leadership positions within those student organizations?

A: “All careers require some sort of leadership. Learning how to be a good leader can really set you apart from several of the other candidates trying to get your dream job.”

Q: How do you balance being a graduate student with the responsibilities that come from this leadership position?

A: “I balance being a graduate student and being chief of staff by time management. At the beginning of each day I organize my time and estimate how much time I should be spending on each task. That way I don't spend my entire day doing just one task, I know I have a time crunch to get things done. Setting personal deadlines is a great way to motivate yourself!”

Q: What else do you do?

A: “I’m involved with graduate school recruitment.”