Tell us about your organization:
The Schreyer Honors College Student Council serves as a forum for the interests of Schreyer scholars and acts as a link between the students and the administration and alumni. Along with being active in both the living and learning elements that make up our close-knit Schreyer community, Schreyer StuCo is also dedicated to providing community service inside and outside of Penn State.
Why do you think your organization is important and meaningful on campus?
I think that SHC StuCo is important on campus because it provides a way for Schreyer Scholars to get involved right from the start. I remember feeling pretty overwhelmed my first few weeks at Penn State, but with StuCo, I was able to make new upperclassmen friends and participate in events that I thought were fun. I also think that it’s important that we encourage people to generalize; you don’t have to just be a part of our THON org, our Merch Committee, or Recruitment Committee – you can be a part of each of them, and we give our members the freedom of making that choice. Finally, I think that through StuCo we put a face to the name of the “Schreyer Honors College.” Sometimes I feel like Schreyer might be seen as a disconnect from the rest of campus, but we end up doing the same exact things that other students at Penn State do such as service and social events.
How did you decide to take on your role as president of Schreyer Student Council?
I decided to run for President mostly because it felt like it would be a great way to finish off my 4 years with StuCo. I also felt like I had a couple new ideas that could work really well, and I wanted to stay a part of the exec board to implement them before I left Penn State.
How does your work with Schreyer StuCo give you the opportunity to use your gifts and passions?
I think that StuCo gives me something to be passionate about, whether that’s as glamorous as raising money to donate to ameaningful cause, or as mundane as figuring out how to make our members feel included and involved. One of the other things I think is very important is feedback, and I think working with StuCo gives me an opportunity to improve myself over time, because I get a chance to see myself in action, and then figure out what went wrong.
Why do you think your organization makes a difference in this world?
That’s a really big question – it’s hard to see the bigger picture most of the times when I’m planning events and running meetings. But I guess the one difference that it does make is that it provides people the chance to do something that they enjoy, or something that they can use their own skills for and get meaningful experiences from. That’s the difference I think SHC StuCo makes.