Freshman year I searched high and low for clubs to join. I had heard so many rumors about making sure to get involved that I didn’t want to waste any time or miss any opportunities. I go to a mid size university in Philadelphia—It’s not huge, but it’s not small by any means either, so finding a niche was key!
Getting involved was one of the best decisions I made. And what was my go-to organization to join? Student Government.
Why student government? Why not?
Student Government, like in high school, gives you a chance to be a voice for your class—however cliché that may sound. Now roles may vary as you make the leap from student council to college. In high school you have a president of every class, a treasurer, secretary, reps, the works! But in college the level jump is huge! As a class rep you are representative to hundreds, maybe thousands of students. Sounds strange, but it’s true.
At La Salle our student government operates under a senate construction. We have 5 class senators per year and then one overall executive board. The entire student body—every student—is a member of the student government. Our senators are the ones who represent them. We sit on various university committees and help make decisions that could potentially impact our day-to-day experiences. Most students think decisions are made without student input—surely they just ignored the students! Wrong! Chances are students that students from your student government are sitting on some of the same committees, at least in some form.
Student government members are a link between the student body and the administration. Their jobs are geared towards a better campus, not planning prom. It’s a thrill, it’s hard work, and at times, maybe a little dense. But, it’s worth it, if for nothing else, than just to be a part of something bigger than you and to learn a little something about where you go to school.
When I joined freshman year, I was hooked. I didn’t just love the meetings; I loved the group of people! I made some of my very best friends sitting around a huge wooden table arguing about random issues—that bonds you!
So if you haven’t already, check out your school’s student government. It will give you something to work for, represent, and be proud of! Three years later, as a senior, it’s still my go-to group.