Student Government and LA Beta
I ran for student senate for the spring and fall of 2020, and it’s been a great experience so far. I initially did not imagine myself to be in this kind of role in LSU, but many of the older SigEps heavily encouraged me to give it a try. The leader of this group was Austin Grashoff, who is currently speaker of the senate, and I couldn’t be happier that he convinced me, despite the intense time commitment. Alongside mandatory meetings twice a week, there are plenty of activities and services we work ourselves, including the endless work that goes into perfecting new legislation. I have found that even though it takes away from my school and social time, the time put in has an extremely high rate of return on satisfaction. The feeling of pride and accomplishment that accompanies the knowledge that LSU is improving due to my actions is truly indescribable.
Not only does Student Government lead to plenty of personal satisfaction, it also continues to teach me more about the inner workings of LSU and collaborating with others. It brings together people with the common goal of making the university a better place and provides them with the knowledge and necessary limitations. It also challenges people to be adaptable and respond effectively to the opinions of their constituents. I strongly feel that this kind of professional work is extremely important for preparing individuals for working in companies and profitable organizations. Having the ability to work with others within limitations is a critical skill that is needed for an efficient workplace.
I would have never gotten this experience if it wasn’t for Sigma Phi Epsilon Louisiana Beta. The chapter continually encourages student involvement that grows members into professionals and leaders. I can confidently say that the culture and resources of Sigma Phi Epsilon will lead many of my brothers to influential leadership positions in the future.