Student Government Association President James Beall plans to initiate more student involvement through a new Snapchat account and other on- campus activities.
Leadership skills, opportunities to make a change and a glowing resumé are just a few reasons students should be involved in their campus Student Government Association, explained Dr. Edward Brown, advisor of the SGA.
Students especially interested in public service or politics can find many learning experiences through participation. Brown explained that many students who were a part of SGA in the past go into these career fields.
Being involved in the SGA also looks great on a resumé and can lead to opportunities for receiving glowing recommendation letters from administrators. Brown included that, “The leadership qualities that one develops as an SGA member last a lifetime.”
One more commonly unknown incentive of the student government is that each position receives a stipend for their services. The president and vice president receive $300 per semester and all other positions receive $150 per semester.
Potomac State College held the annual SGA elections on Sept. 12 and 13. There were 82 voters at this year’s election, up very little from the 77 participants last year. The duties held by the SGA aren’t always well known by the students of PSC.
Some of the duties include serving on planning and search committees for the college and hosting events for the college. For example, each year the SGA throws a homecoming dance and last semester SGA held a Valentine’s Day dance.
The SGA also plays a large role in the involvement of other clubs on campus. When campus clubs and organizations request funds, the request is sent to the SGA for approval. This is a large responsibility of the SGA. Without funds, many clubs could not function.
The SGA students are also the eyes, ears and voice of the general student population. “It makes you aware of things that are going on around campus,” 2017 President James Beall explained, “[Things] that are important that most people wouldn’t know.” Students involved in their campus government have the power and opportunity to make changes to the campus to better the student body’s experience.
Beall explained that one of his goals as president is to make PSC more fun and make it easier to have a good time on campus. He plans to do this by initiating more involvement with the students.
The SGA recently made a Snapchat account for students to see events happening on the campus and/or receive informational alerts.
Lastly, Brown leaves a tip to anyone who is unsure they should get involved: “Do not underestimate your power. Many great things throughout history have been started by one, or just a handful, of people.”