The Burlington College Student Government (SGA) is a student organization that focuses on student leadership at Burlington College. Representing the student body, the SGA strives to create and implement school spirit, community engagement and student participation. The SGA discusses matters of the school in official meetings, held by student selected representatives.
Andrew is a first year student to Burlington College from Albany, NY who was elected to be the Student Government President on February 19, 2016. Following a morning class, a Student Government Meeting, and a quick lunch, the two of us sat down in student services on the first floor for a conversation:
Q: Why did you choose Burlington College?
A: I transferred here from Fordham University in the Bronx after a semester there (although I am technically now a second semester sophomore). I did not have a good experience at Fordham, and was looking for something the exact opposite, and that is what I have managed to find here. Fordham is a large school with 15,000 students, and I knew I needed something smaller, something different. This is a small community centered college, and the setting and the narrative evaluations really caught my eye. I know that Burlington is not NYC, but it does have a cosmopolitan feel that I like.
Q: Why did you want to get involved with Student Government?
A: When I first heard about Student Government I was so busy with other things that I wasn’t really able to think about it too much. Others thought I would do a good job as the student body president and they thought I should run, so I made the decision to do so. I am a Legal and Justice Studies Major so I do have an interest in government and politics, and I also really care about the school. I always wanted to see more student involvement in the school and engagement with the community, and I thought that running for office would give me an opportunity to help do that.