McMaster’s Campus Ambassador: Jay Krause

At Textbooks for Change, our Campus Ambassador Program has been a fun way to connect with the campus community while providing awesome experiences for motivated students.

Name: Jay Krause

Age: 20

Program: Third Year, Finance

School: McMaster University, DeGroote School of Business

Favourite part of McMaster: My love for McMaster can be simply stated as community. A community made up of a diverse student population who come together for the thirst for knowledge, love of sport, school pride, and so much more!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. What are you up to now? What do you like to do outside of school/work? Some goals?

I like the embrace the idea of: there is no failure worse than not trying. This has led me to completely immerse myself in countless different experiences and opportunities that I have been lucky enough to receive. I am currently an elected student representative and Finance Commissioner within the McMaster Students Union, a competitive debater, an avid intramural enthusiast, and much more. I spend my life and all of my time following my passion, and my passion is giving back to the school where I study, the community where I live, and the people that surround me.

How did you get involved with Textbooks for Change?

The first time that I ever heard of Textbooks for Change was when a friend of mine was working with them through a club focused on giving back to the community who were running a drive, as well as helping Textbooks for Change expand to McMaster campus. Later on in the same year, I was very excited to have a conversation with her about the opportunity to get involved myself and potentially take over the lead at McMaster. That conversation was the true beginning to my involvement with Textbooks for Change. From that point on, everything that I learned, every person that I met, and every book that I helped collect added fuel to the fire and drive that has become Textbooks for Change at McMaster and across the nation.

Jay, pictured right, after running his first textbook drive at McMaster with Get REAL

Why did you want to become a Textbooks for Change Head Campus Ambassador at McMaster?

When I became a Head Campus Ambassador, I was involved for two reasons: the organizational goals and the people. As an organization, Textbooks for Change is focused on giving back to our students peers across Canada and across the globe. That ability to make a positive impact on the lives of thousands was a huge draw for me and something that I care deeply about. Past that, just being around the people involved in Textbooks for Change is incredibly energizing and motivating. We have created a team that is full of new ideas, drive, dedication, and so much more.

Every day I consider myself lucky to be involved with such an incredible cause and group of people.

If you were able to meet a younger student studying a similar program in Kenya, what advice would you give to them?

The biggest advice that I can give, is to tell a fellow student to never limit themselves. Never underestimate your ability to perform mentally, physically, or emotionally. Wherever you are in life, in the gym, in the classroom, or in the workplace; you are always able to push harder and grow both personally and professionally. The ability to believe in yourself is far greater and more important than any other skills, because it is only a person with positive self efficacy that will change the world, whether it be their own world, their family’s world, or the entire globe.

What is the best course you’ve taken at McMaster so far?

The best course that I have ever taken is a first year introduction to political science elective. As a third year finance student, I often find myself with a slightly closed mind and set in my ways. The professor for this political science course has blown the doors off of my thought process. It is a course where the importance wasn’t the information that I learned, but instead my learning a new way how to learn and think. From that, I have been able to develop a more macro scale when looking at different situations or problems. I believe that I will be able to take these lessons and push them further, and focus my energy on keeping an open mind and critical eye.

If you are interested in becoming a head campus ambassador or becoming more involved with T4C on your campus, email info@textbooksforchange.ca or visit www.textbooksforchange.ca for more details.