This isn’t goodbye, but this is the end of an amazing chapter, one that so many amazing people have helped us write. thanks again for a great year. I love you all.
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Every year, as you may already know, there is an election that determines who will become the next Student Body President, Vice President and all of the Legislators that help make your voice heard. For president and VP, the process begins with a duo that decide that they want to make Oakland University a better place through commitment to the student body, leadership to the community and dedication to the university as a whole.
In the past, I’ve written about getting involved, I’ve written about why it’s important to be a visionary, I’ve written about representing the students and I’ve written about student organizations that are making a difference. For this week’s column, I’d like to write about what it means to lead with authenticity — what it means to be a part of an organization where authenticity is important to being successful.
The mission statement of SPB states they strive to enhance student life by providing high quality, diverse programs, activities and events for the OU community. They achieve this by planning events that range from smaller and shorter ideas, such as the Hump Day series, which they plan to help you get through your week, to spring concerts that they’ve had for the past few years and plan to have again this semester.
In my previous articles this school year, I’ve highlighted different aspects of how to do that, including people that you can (and should) talk to, places you can (and should) go and see, and organizations that you can (and should) talk to. But today, I’m going to tell you why you should run for Student Body President, Vice President, or become a legislator.
In fact, it’s the best time to be at Oakland University because of how easy it is to get involved. Many people will tell you how the beginning of the school year is the easiest time to meet new people and get involved but if you ask me, I’d say right now is.
There has been quite a bit happening on campus as of late, and I’m wondering if I am the only one who noticed.
Being involved in a student organization has given me a unique opportunity to gain experience in many different areas, including legislative affairs. One of the things that your Oakland University Student Congress has been doing to inform the students on important issues revolves around our Legislative Affairs section of our organization. Michelle Alwardt, who is [...]
Whether it’s a staff member in an office that you visit frequently, or it’s your academic advisor, or even one of your favorite professors — these people are here for the long run. So why not take advantage of that?
After attending the new student convocation and hearing everyone speak at the podium to an O’rena filled with fresh minds that are ready to be cultivated, I took a few things from it. But one of the most important things that I took from it was from Mary Beth Snyder, the vice president for student affairs and enrollment engagement. She said, in far more words, to follow your dreams.
When I came to Oakland University as a freshman, I didn’t really have much of a direction. I didn’t have goals or aspirations as a student, other than academics. I didn’t get involved right away and certainly missed out on many opportunities to learn and grow because of it. But over the last few, very short years, I’ve learned getting involved is everything in a college student’s life. So with this, I encourage you to get involved.
With help from the students who are getting involved, the Legislators and Executive Board members are working on initiatives to help bring more of a vibrant outlook to the people who mean the most on campus: the students and the student organizations that are bringing this campus the best representation and entertainment.
We talked about what we would want people to remember us for 10 years down the road. We talked about what kinds of things we can do now for the students at Oakland University, or what we can do now that will affect the students in five years. Mostly, we talked about the things we are doing that will give people the opportunity to get involved and let their voices be heard. We asked ourselves what a vision is. What defines a vision? Is it where we see ourselves at the end of a set time period? Is it the things we want to accomplish while we’re in office? Is it something nobody really holds a lot of weight with?
Oakland University Student Congress has hit the ground running. One month into the Wolf/Williford administration, OUSC has begun reorganizing and refocusing the overall mission that has been set in recent years.
In just a few short days, the semester will come to an end, signaling the end of the Ben Eveslage/Elisa Malile administration for the Oakland University Student Congress. In all honesty, the last year has flown by so fast. But not without a little bit of excitement for where Oakland University is now compared to a year ago.