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A farewell letter from outgoing SGA President Paulsen

Circle Contributor

Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 22:03

Last summer, I had the privilege of attending freshmen orientation and meeting the Marist Class of 2015 before their first day of college. Every day began with an amazing video put together by the First Year Programs staff that helped give the newest members of the Marist community an idea of what college was all about. The video ended with a few lines that read, “Life doesn’t last forever. Neither does college. Make the best of both. Make a difference at Marist.”

But what does “make a difference” exactly mean? For those who know me well, they would say I am a big believer in the “Starfish Poem.” In short, the “Starfish Poem” talks about how everyone can make a difference in the world, no matter how big or how small that difference may be. The idea is that, if everyone helps out a little, we can accomplish a lot as a whole. I think this poem relates perfectly back to our students and Student Government.

You see, people often think that you need a big, fancy title or to win a major election to truly make a difference. Don’t get me wrong; Student Government, in my opinion, has done some amazing things this year. From Zip Cars to the emergency texting notification systems, new ATMs around campus to discounted taxi rides, I feel that we have done a lot to push Marist forward. Truthfully, though, these aren’t the “differences” that make Marist the place it is. The things I am talking about – the differences I see on a daily basis – are from the people who go out of their way to help another out in any way possible. These people stay up late to help their friend with a difficult assignment. These people pick up a friend who is having a bad day. These are the people who make a difference at Marist every single day, and although they seldom get any recognition or credit for what they do, they are the people that make Marist a true community.

In closing, I am extremely humbled and honored to have had the chance to serve as your student body president this past year. I want to thank all of the students, administrators, faculty and staff that have helped me out so much this past year; I cannot thank you enough for everything you do for this school. And to all of my amazing friends – you all know who you are – you personally have made a difference to me in more ways than you probably know. I am going to miss Marist College immensely when I graduate in a short eight weeks, but the memories and friendships I have made here will last forever. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read this, God Bless and Go Red Foxes!

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