Hey everyone! Cooper here. In high school I had the opportunity to serve in leadership positions, and I knew coming to Samford I would want to continue working in student government. In fact, one of the reasons I chose Samford was because the university values student input and representation. The Student Government Association (SGA) at Samford is a student-led body advised by staff that is well equipped to meet the needs facing the student body.
Students elect fellow classmates to represent them as senators, as members of the Student Executive Board, or as class officers. Freshman elections are a little different than the rest of the class elections. For sophomores, juniors and seniors, elections take place in the spring for the following school year. Freshman senate and class officer elections take place after a few short weeks on campus.
SGA is a student body of elected and appointed students on campus who want to make a difference for their fellow peers. Five branches make up SGA: legislative, executive, judicial, activities, and development. Each branch serves a purpose on campus whether it is the judicial branch, which reviews student conduct violations, or the activities branch, which plans events on campus. You can learn more about what each branch does by heading over to the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement website.
I found it challenging to run a campaign and gain support from people I just met, but I didn’t let that stop me from trying to make a difference on campus. Being confident in who I am and what I believe in was crucial to an effective campaign. I ran for Senate because I sincerely have a desire to serve people. I knew the gifts that God gave me would best be served in a leadership role like senate. Campaigning affirmed my decision to run for freshman senator because I had the opportunity to meet and talk with other students about what was important to them and what they wanted to see happen on campus.
Election Day rolled around after a week of campaigning. Needless to say, it was certainly a stressful morning before the election results were posted. Win or lose, I knew everything was going to be okay. My dad always taught me to win humbly and lose gracefully.
Opening the email and reading my name on the list of elected senators was extremely humbling. I am so honored to serve the freshman class on senate week in and week out. I have a lot I wish to accomplish while on senate, but I pray that while serving on senate I will not lose sight of why I ran in the first place, to serve the people of Samford University.