Running a political campaign requires a large amount of commitment and determination. Now, try running a campaign half a world away from your target audience. Meet Evert Fowle, a Government major who is abroad in Vietnam and was recently elected as SGA President for the 2013-2014 school year!
Our SATA program was climbing a mountain in the middle of the Vietnamese rainforest when the election polls closed. Surprisingly, 3G service was fairly spotty. We had to do some minor rock climbing to get one bar of service. I patiently waited for my facebook to load. I had one new message from Ali Rossi, Chief of Communications, that simply said "You Won". The 14 Conn students I was with cheered and I breathed a deep sigh of relief. It was a surreal moment; one which I will not forget for a very long time.
I ran my campaign with one pledge, "Protecting Shared Governance". I plan on doing this by increasing SGA's presence in both academic and social settings. Once SGA has a better understanding of what we as students want we will be able to present a united front to administration. I believe a unified student voice is the strongest one. I also plan on continuing SGA's Anti-Vandalism Initiative because vandalism sucks.
I think the Class of 2014 will be remembered as a class that always went big and had a great time doing it. Let's go out with a bang Seniors!
Making sure I represent the combined voice of the students and not simply a segment of it. It's very easy to only listen to the voices in SGA, but a good leader must seek out other opinions to make sure SGA is representative of the entire campus.
Freshmen year my Housefellow told me about SGA and how every dorm had a senator. I thought it was a good way for a freshmen to get involved so I ran on a whim. Their I met Nate Cornell, SGA President 2010-2011, who showed me the ropes and inspired me to stay involved in SGA. I am where I am today because of his help.
It is a fantastic experience! We have traveled all over South East Asia and seen so many stunning things. Every day brings a new adventure. I highly recommend this trip to any rising Sophomore, it is a life changing experience.
My friends, tollhouse pie, and FIFA '13. Although, I still talk to my friends on skype and facebook, so I guess mostly FIFA and tollhouse pie.