Normally everyone sinks into some organization or club to busy themselves outside the classroom. For me, that has been Student Senate for the past four years. This year, I have had the immense honor of presiding as the 53rd President of the Malone Student Body. We have focused ourselves on increased communication to the Student Body through designing a new website for the organization that can be seen here. We also reorganized the way that ideas are brought to Senate which allowed us to pass 3 times the number of actions that they have passed in any recent year.
Since becoming Student Body President, I have delivered countless speeches, presided over more than 20 official meetings, met with the university President, the Board of Trustees, and many faculty members. It has been an incredibly busy year, but I wouldn’t have traded this experience for anything.
My advice to anyone starting college is to find a place for yourself. Locate a club or a group that fits with your interest. Find friends that will be supportive. These experiences outside the classroom are incredibly valuable.
This past Wednesday was the annual Student Senate Passing of the Gavel Ceremony. At that ceremony, the outgoing Student Body President delivers a farewell address to the student body. After I delivered that speech and passed the gavel, the incoming President, Bob Book, and the Vice President, Samson Toe, both addressed the students. It’s a great tradition to mark the passing of time for the organization. We spend some time looking back at what has happened and then take a moment to recognize things that are yet to come.
You can also view the slideshow of photos from the year here: 2011 POG Video
Today, we are exactly one week from graduation. It’s been a crazy four years, but they have been rich in experiences, friendships and lessons. Look forward to next week’s blog for graduation photos!