Dear fellow students,
To those of you returning, welcome back for another great year full of new experiences, memories and successes. To those of you newly accepted, congratulations on your acceptance and welcome to the Ship family.
All of you have chosen a wonderful institution to begin your journey into higher education.
Shippensburg University is full of possibilities for each and every student to grow as an individual and discover new interests or build upon existing ones. Our 150+ student groups act as a catalyst to building life-long friendships and connections. Our student groups range from Adventure Club to Student Veterans America to Fencing Club to International Studies Club. You name it, and we’ve got it! And if we don’t have it, you can bring it to campus!
The student body is governed by the Student Government Association (SGA); a group of elected individuals whose mission is to serve as advocates for the student body and act as liaisons between them, the administration, faculty and staff; striving to ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making.
As an organization, we allocate a $4 million budget to various student groups and organizations. As president of the Student Government Association, my goal is to unite the student body and ensure all your voices are being heard by administrators. If you have questions, comments, concerns or ideas, please stop by CUB 201 and we can see what we can do for you and offer you ways to get involved with SGA.
I leave you with a few pieces of advice from my time here so far:
Try new things – you’ll be surprised what you will learn about yourself when you step outside of your comfort zone.
Remain patient – Some of you may know what you want to do for the rest of your life and others may not. Slowly, but surely, you will figure it out.
Network, network and network some more – It’s not always about what you know, but also who you know. Find time to connect with your classmates, professors, advisor, administrators or anyone else you come in contact with. You never know when someone is aware of an opportunity you didn’t know existed.
Take a break from the books – We’re all here to get a high-quality education, but make time for friends, extracurricular activities and whatever else keeps you going.
Your college years are irreplaceable and you will carry the memories you make here with you throughout your life. Make the most of every moment, experience new things, and strive for greatness. Like most, you may face challenging times throughout your education, but never forget we are all on this ship together. With that being said, sail forward and make Ship happen.
If you see me around campus, don’t hesitate to say hi or start up a conversation. If you’re in the CUB, stop by Room 201.