That’s all it took York University student Jacqueline Tran to come up with a winning slogan in a contest that awarded her a year’s free tuition, worth about $6,200.
Part of the university’s This is My Time campaign, the contest challenged students to use no more than 140 characters to describe how their York degrees will help them achieve their goals and impact society.
Out of 3,482 entries, Tran was declared the winner Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 14, at the university’s Red and White Day celebrating York’s spirit.
“I develop a compensation strategy that eliminates the gender wage gap and inequalities in the workplace,” Tran’s winning entry said.
A judging panel selected hers as the winning entry.
Tran, who lives in the area of Lansdowne Avenue and Dundas Street, is taking human resources management.
In third year, the 20-year-old said her entry reflects her hope that her degree will enable her to make a positive impact for Canadian workers.
“If I actually accomplish it, it will make a difference in society, it will make a difference in the workforce,” she said.
Tran found out she won the contest a couple of weeks ago but laughed that the news didn’t come easily.
University officials spent the day trying to reach her and finally resorted to texting her.
“I thought it was a joke,” she said, adding she phoned to verify her victory.
“I was thrilled.”
The prize is equivalent to a year’s free tuition, which will come in handy for Tran. Because she isn’t carrying a full course load due to her many extracurricular activities, she can use the prize over more than one academic year.
Tran is president of the Human Resources Student Association, vice-president of the Communications Human Resources Student Association, a peer mentor at York’s New College, which falls under the faculty of liberal arts and professional studies, a public relations representative on the New College council, and the university’s representative with Human Resources Professionals of West Toronto.