We've been playing it safe.

           We’ve been playing it safe. As I look back on this school year, I feel as if we were quiet. Quiet in such a way that we never put up a fight. About anything. That isn’t always negative, sometimes it just means standing up for something you really want. Maybe I’m just speaking for myself, but that’s not how I want to go out. When I was elected, I knew very little about what I wanted to do. I didn’t even know what it was I could do. 11 months later and I think I’ve finally figured it out.

Here’s some conclusions I’ve come to during my last Spring Break as an undergraduate:

1.    It’s okay to “Rattle the Cage”. Take that as you will.

2.   This isn’t supposed to be easy. Do I believe I was the right candidate for this position? Yes. Have I lived up to the student body’s expectations? You tell me. I’ve learned that you can’t please everyone. Not everyone is going to like what you say in a meeting, who you email privately, who you eat lunch with in the caf or how extravagant your weekend was. So what? If you continue to tiptoe around just so you don’t offend someone, you’re only hurting yourself. There’s a difference between offending someone out of spite and offending someone who isn’t use to hearing the truth. I used to sit in meetings and say the truth then be told I shouldn’t say that. Whatever. I know who and what I’m fighting for and that ain’t changing.

3.   Watch who you let into your circle. Sometimes I wish I had done a better a job at this. Lesson learned there..

4.   Live it Up! On August 10th I will walk across that stage in the Curb Event Center to hopefully shake hands with the President. After that, my college days are basically over. Let’s have a little fun until then, buds!

5.   I’ll never understand why people insist on complaining about EVERYTHING BELMONT but continue to be enrolled here. Sorry bud, I love you, but maybe instead of complaining, you can maybe come up with solutions. Not only does SGA have OPEN meetings, Dr. Burns, YOUR PROVOST and current DEAN OF STUDENTS, has office hours.

6.  It’s not too late. As my presidential term comes to end, there are things I wish I had taken advantage of earlier in the year. Yes, its true I’ll be swearing in a new president later in April. I’m looking at this as sort of a “40 Day Challenge”. What can we get done in the next 40 days to leave a greater impact on this community than what was left for us! I’m totally up for that challenge. Will you join me?


I’ve had a great year. Things weren’t always perfect, but when are they ever? I love Belmont and I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t. I didn’t write this out of spite, nor will I appreciation an email asking me what this is about. Yes, my head is on straight and my hair is still natural. This is not a riot or rebellion. This is just the student body president at Belmont University who had a lot of free time during her Spring Break.



Shania Jones