Yesterday, after work, I decided to stop by the SGA office for a little while to get some homework done. I left the Beaman around 10:30pm and made my way back to where I parked my car in the Hitch parking lot. SGA Presidential elections were on my mind and, as I walked across campus, I began to think about my time in SGA.
I passed the SunTrust ATM where my TT group and I met the night before classes for a quick group picture. Erica Rivero, who was in my TT group and became my best friend, decided to join SGA with me and, as I passed the Bell Tower, I remembered taking a picture after our very first meeting. When I walked past the new student space in the Gabhart, I remembered sitting in a room with senior leadership, Jonathan Rankin, and the others who were on Cabinet with me at the time and pitching our ideas for how to utilize unused spaces on campus. I walked past Campus Security and thought about SGA's role in getting It's On Us started and the different ways that SGA and myself have been able to partner with Campus Security. I looked into the University Ministries space and remembered how my first meeting after my election was with Dr. Todd Lake, Vice President for Spiritual Development, who showed me that senior leaders are people too and they truly care about our growth as students. As I got to my car, I looked at the empty parking lot, which had been filled with visitors a few hours prior, and thought about the email I had just received from Sydney Finchum, the SGA Parliamentarian. She recapped the annual parking committee meeting where she represented the student body and followed up with some interesting data.
I walk around this campus and have so many memories that I'll get to take with me after I graduate. A great deal of these are tied back to an experience that I was able to have through SGA or an opportunity that SGA gave me. My time at Belmont has been made better by joining SGA and I think that the same could be true for you. Make sure you vote for who will succeed me as Student Body President, but almost more important than that, consider joining SGA and start your application today.