From the Head Monitors: Mack Reflects on Past Year
by Mack Mackishima on Friday, April 15th, 2016
Being on the SGA Council this year has been a lot like riding a really, really basic rollercoaster. We spent a lot of time building up to a big moment as we researched for our amendment and trying to get the SGA Can Drive off the ground. Then, we took a steep dip as we headed into the thick of voting on our amendment, a change to our constitution that had previously been unheard of. And now, we approach the end of the year, and some people ask what we’ve even really done, what we hope our legacy is, and what we hope to impart to the next generation of leaders.
Daunting questions all. It’s in a time like this when I reflect to the beginning of the year, when Avery and I were first elected. It was a beautiful day. April 24, 2015, which is just shy of a year ago exactly. We had agreed to meet in one of the computer labs in the student center. At around six o’clock. We sat down in our chairs, across the little island table in the middle. The light was warm, and we were newly elected. We didn’t know about the hours we’d put into projects and speeches, the number of texts we’d shoot back and forth on coordinating this email and that meeting, the weeks we’d spend obsessing over nailing down this person and that person for a discussion. No; at the outset, it was aspiration, a laundry list of tasks and dreams that we’d had for months before.
This list of tasks was soon whittled down. Some ideas were tossed because of lack of budget, some because of lack of time, some because we just didn’t like them upon second glance. But, as we started cutting down to the core of our list, we started to figure out what we wanted out of the year: we wanted to bring people closer together and create a culture in which people just got to be themselves and to see the potential in themselves.
As the year progressed, we made speeches and talked with the students. We opened our office more to let some air (and some freshmen) into the old place. We talked with the Council, discussing pressing issues. And, in the process of having these talks, we figured out that the reps, the other monitors, and our secretary wanted what we wanted. They wanted to make their presence felt.
And, in the end, we hope we did something that made your experience a little better. More than anything, we hope that when you pick your next Head Monitors, you pick them based on what you want out of the school, out of your Council, and out of yourselves. Pick the the people who will bring the best out of the resources they are give, and the administration, but remember that a good candidate should, above all, bring the best out of you.
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