We were told it would be us during our first year at New England College before the world turned upside down. Both of us used our underclassmen years to set us up for success. In March 2022, Tyler Baker and I put our hats in the running for Student Senate President. Both of us ran strong campaigns, pointing out the current problems at New England College. We are both New England College students who want the best for our school no matter what happens.
After a five-day voting period ended, on Tuesday, April 18, we both got an email with the results. I opened mine with excitement for what was to come. Yet instead, I got the disappointing news. I had lost. An email would not go out to the student body informing them of the news until the next day. The current President allowed us to process the information of his win and my defeat. Yes, I will admit it stung, but I shed no tears in the finding of his victory and my loss.
I rejoice in knowing that Tyler and I set the tone for the way future campaigns will be held:
- We held the first in-person debate since 2019
- We held the first debate on the Manchester campus.
- We paved the way for all undergraduates, including seniors, to vote.
I am honored to have been able to serve one full academic year on the Senate Executive board as the Vice President of Academic Concern. My loss does not stop me from being a leader on campus. I promise to continue to be a source of information for others. I promise to be a shoulder for others to lean on. Most importantly, I promise to continue to be a voice for students who don’t feel comfortable coming forward to administration.
Tyler, I wish you and your e-board the best of luck next year.
2021-2022’s Vice President of Academic Concern, signing off.