December 06, 2011

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 82, Issue 6

NUSGA president reflects on past year, encourages students to give back

Niagara University student body:

As we continue into part of December, we all know what is coming up: finals week! I hope that you all are able to find the balance between studying and relaxing in the coming weeks. As I mentioned in my previous message, it is my hope to make this writing a regular occurrence in The Niagara Index. In this final issue of the Niagara Index for 2011, I want focus on reflection and giving.

December is one of my favorite months. I look forward to all the celebrations revolving around the birth of Christ, the New Year, the first real snow, the end of the semester, visiting with friends and family and so much more. When looking at all that December brings, it is easy to see how quickly the calendar can fill up, leaving reflection and giving to become an afterthought sometimes.

Reflection is an important part of my life. Taking time to think about the year during the winter break has become tradition for me. Reflecting on significant events and challenges has allowed me to grow and mature personally and professionally. Many times, my goals for the following year come from my pitfalls of the year prior. It is rewarding to look back on the goals I have set as it helps give me a sense of accomplishment, direction and motivation in moving forward.

Serving as student body president is a very public role. My stances on topics, emails and even my tweets/status updates are at times scrutinized. Though this can be frustrating, I'm OK with it because at the end of the day I love what I do and that will not change. Because of this, I receive a lot of criticism and feedback “ both good and bad. I look at this as an opportunity to be better for myself and for others. As the semester comes to a close, I look forward to having the opportunity to reflect on all that life has brought this past year and I hope all of you will have the opportunity to do the same.

In years past, I have also set aside time to give back to a community that has given me so much. With my mother recently relocating to North Carolina, I will not be giving back in the same way I have in the past “ and that's okay. This year I have decided to start a new tradition by giving back to my new community in Raleigh, N.C. Additionally, I will be giving a monetary donation to Niagara University.

Having served as student body president the past two years, I have realized the importance of giving back to Niagara. I'm not writing to announce a large donation, but rather a small personal donation while highlighting the significance those types of donations mean to the university.

Sure, it's easy to look at the expenses of the past four years and say, I gave them over $100,000; I'm not giving another dime! Yes, that's true. However, much of what I have had the honor of experiencing the past four years is a result of small donations like mine. Alumni and friends of NU have given to Niagara for years, and that has helped attract thousands of students, kept our tuition from skyrocketing, and adds value to our institution and degrees after we leave and are applying for grad school and/or jobs.

Giving is tremendously important to Niagara and there would be no better satisfaction than running into a future alum 20 years down the road and hearing how Niagara was an even stronger institution for them than it was for us. That would be the ultimate gift. With that said, I ask all of you to consider giving. It doesn't matter if it's $5 or $5,000. Giving is giving and every dollar can help.

Thank you for taking time to read this and I want to wish you all a happy and safe holiday season. God bless.

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