When I was first elected student body president last spring, it was pretty neat to have everyone call me, “Madam President,” or say, “That’s my president.” I thought that would wear off eventually, but it’s still going. Sometimes when I am sitting with a group of people, someone will joke by saying that they are sitting with royalty. I am starting to wonder if this trend will continue. Either way, everyone should know that yes, I am your student body president, but I am also Sidney Webster and would love to be friends, too!
On a serious note, being president for GU has been so joyful so far. I’ve, of course, already made some mistakes, but that’s necessary for growth. The timeline since being elected has included, working over the summer getting together a schedule for training, moving in on August 5th, going on Walkabout, training for a week and a half, and then NSO (New Student Orientation) weekend. Now let me tell you, there is no way I would be able to do anything without my Vice President, Anna Finch, and the other six amazing human beings on my GSGA (Greenville Student Government Association) staff.
NSO weekend and the first week as president:
Thursday: Arguably the busiest day of NSO weekend even though it technically hadn’t yet started. Last-minute planning was in full effect, not because we were not planning ahead, but things just came up.
Friday: Our morning was full of opportunities! We hosted the opportunities tent in the morning for all the new students and their parents. Greenville churches, GU clubs, and other organizations like Eden’s Glory and the Simple Room set up booths. Then we spent our afternoon prepping for our evening events. From 6-9 PM, we hosted, “GSGA’s Declassified School Survival Guide.” It was based on the TV show, “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.”We set up a variety of activities in the Rec Center, including dodgeball, arts and crafts, and board games. We also set up a school supply store that students were able to purchase items such as notebooks, pencils, or candy with tickets they earned for participating in any of the activities. Our final event of the day was the Freshmen Mugging. This is not a physical type of mugging, but more of a root beer float in a mug type of mugging. Our events were high in attendance and ran very smoothly. I could not have asked for a better first day of NSO.
Saturday: Traditionally, GSGA takes the new students on a fun trip on the Saturday during NSO. This year we brought them to Epic 6, a laser tag and sports arena in Fenton, MO and fed them Chick-Fil-A for lunch.
Sunday: There was a church service for the new students in which we provided coffee from Creekside Community Brew and donuts from IGA. The rest of the day was spent resting and preparing for classes to start the following day.
Monday: I started my day by driving to Vandalia to get dress clothes from my mom (I’m from Effingham, and she works at the junior high, so it’s a good midway point). And of course, I grabbed some coffee from Shimoji (rumor has it that they are brining a second location to Greenville, so get hype!) Then, I headed to Whitlock for the first chapel of the year: Convocation. I led the procession and sat on stage so that I could read a Bible verse. The rest of my day was filled with typical student tasks, like picking up books from the mailroom and going to class. My schedule is pretty unique this year with three classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and one online class.
Tuesday: GSGA has our weekly meetings on Tuesday morning. We talked about all sorts of things but mainly evaluated NSO Weekend.
All in all, fulfilling my role as president has created a busy schedule but has also been incredibly enjoyable. I look forward to continuing to represent Greenville University and can’t wait to see where this year takes me.