The fall semester is coming to an end, and the Class of 2010 is just a bit closer to being on its way out. The senior class is finishing its major coursework and banging out SMP projects. We’re planning the last big events of our college experience like the Gala and Senior Week. We’re filling out applications and getting our letters of recommendation for graduate school.
We will be gone, much sooner than we realize, and as of May 15 there will be a sizable gap in the SGA, numerous student clubs, and dozens of other organizations that rely on active student involvement. In the midst of this bittersweet farewell, there is some good news: the Classes of 2011, 2012, and 2013 will still be here next fall when we’re gone. Newsflash: It’s time to step up.
What will your time at St. Mary’s mean? What will you accomplish? What mark will you leave? Underclassmen, especially first years, have get involved. The recent Presidential Search process saw abysmal levels of student involvement. Very little input appeared from students, which is sad considering how important the outcome is to St. Mary’s College. The next president is our face to the world, and nobody seemed to care who that person should be. Luckily for you, the search is starting over, which means you get a second chance to demonstrate your commitment and support to this school.
Get involved. Join the SGA, join a club; if you don’t like the way they do things, change them. If there’s a problem with the way we pick our president, fix it. If the school is wasting resources or energy, be more efficient. If there’s graffiti and vandalism, do something about it.
It may seem like this message is coming a little early in the year, or too late. Maybe so, but four years are over in an instant. Next year will start before you know it, and classes and work quickly take over free time. Get involved and do something worthwhile. Preferably, do something awesome. Do you want St. Mary’s to get more recognition? Do something worth recognizing. Go crazy.
On that note… seniors: we still have a semester to go. It’s not over yet, so let’s kick it to the finish.