My Experience in OBU’s Student Government Association
Student Government Association, SGA, is something I have been involved in since my freshman year here at OBU. I am not sure what peaked my interest in it. A lot of people have a Student Council at their high school and mine did as well, but it was not active as most other Stu-Co’s. During Welcome Week, my Small Group leaders took us to eat at the house of the then Vice President of Internal Affairs Heather Sanders. We just chatted about SGA and what roles the members played on campus and how clubs and organizations came to SGA for official charters and allocation funds. Not only do they do that, but they also had an active voice in student affairs to our administration. To hear that was very exciting, and I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. I will always thank Heather for peaking my interest in SGA.
When elections came around my freshman year, I decided to run for a Senator at Large position. It is similar to a Class Senator but does not have a class tied to it. I was the only freshman running for this position, and as far as I know, I am the only freshman to ever be elected to this position. I was so excited to be elected into that position, learning the ways of Student Government, and getting to represent the student body. When elections came around in the spring for my sophomore year SGA, I ran for Sophomore Class Senator. I lost. Hunter Doucette was the SGA President that past year, and ran unopposed for his senior year, so I sent him a quick text. I let him know that I really wanted to be in SGA again and I knew that he was looking to fill the Chief of Staff position in his Executive Cabinet. He graciously allowed me to fill the spot and spent my sophomore year as an Executive.
Throughout the year, I began to think about running for student body president. There were things I noticed students wanting and problems that could be fixed. I made the decision to run for this position in February, with elections being at the beginning of April. I am grateful that I won the elections, and now get to represent my student body. Our SGA at OBU is amazing! I get to work with the leaders of our campus who really want to see our great school become even better than what it is now! It has been a whirlwind of a ride so far, and I cannot wait to see how things go this year. We are having our Inaugural SGA Homecoming Parade this year! It’s a tradition from many years ago that we are bringing back to help get people excited for our Homecoming Festivities. We hope this will not only attract more Alumni and current students, but future Bison as well! We hope to see you on campus soon!