Whoever Said Student Government Doesn’t Matter Was Seriously Mistaken

In case you haven’t heard, democracy is very near and dear to my heart. I love that I live in a nation that celebrates the People’s right to choose their leaders, and I regularly remind others how important it is to cast their votes in U.S. elections.

Student government is no exception. This week, the University of Nevada is holding elections for the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN) offices of President, Vice President, and 22 Senators. If you are a student at my university, I urge you to cast your vote via WebCampus before 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 12. Before you vote, make sure you learn about the candidates’ platforms, especially the presidential candidates, vice presidential candidates, and your college’s senatorial candidates.


For those who believe ASUN doesn’t do anything of importance, consider this: ASUN has a budget of $2.2 million, comprised entirely of student fees. This money goes toward student programming, such as concerts, shows, movies, game nights, barbecues, tailgates, homecoming events, and more, as well as scholarships and opportunities like the Pack Internship Grant Program, which pays students to participate in otherwise-unpaid internships that can help said students secure a job after graduation. In addition, ASUN helps fund on-campus clubs, organizations, and Greek chapters, and hosts contests and giveaways with prizes ranging from Wolf Pack t-shirts and spirit gear to cameras and iPads. Elected ASUN officers plan these events and programs, decide how much money is allocated toward each of them, and work closely with administration to ensure the comfort, happiness, and wellbeing of Wolf Pack students.

In other words, students at our university pay a total of $2.2 million annually for events and programs that have a direct positive impact on our lives, and we have the power to elect the people who decide how to spend that money. With that being said, why wouldn’t you vote?

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If you still aren’t understanding exactly how ASUN operates, check out this great article in The Sagebrush, written by one of my close friends, that explains the true importance of ASUN and our role as students to understand its operations.

Even better than just voting in this week’s elections — get involved in student government yourself! If you aren’t thrilled about the idea of running for an elected office, considering applying for an appointed position within ASUN. Every position in ASUN is important, and getting involved in student government is a great way to give back to your university and to stay in-the-know about current events.

Even though I will graduate and move on from the University of Nevada in just two months, I still cast my vote this morning because I want to leave my alma mater in good hands. Whether you are a freshman, a super senior like myself, or somewhere in between, make sure you vote in the ASUN elections either today or tomorrow via WebCampus, on the third floor of the student union, or in the lobby of Argenta.


Did you vote yet? Tweet me a picture of yourself voting and I might retweet you!


Why You Should Get Involved on Campus

It’s often said that what learned outside the classroom in college is just as, if not more important than what’s learned inside the classroom. What’s so unique about college is that you are exposed to all new types of people, experiences, and cultures, which ultimately help you gain a better understanding of yourself and your place within the world.

While in college, for reasons you might not even understand, you might identify with someone who, on the surface, seems to be so completely opposite of you. Maybe you’re exposed to something that you’ve never tried before, but you find yourself truly enjoying it. So, you question why it was in the first place you were so hesitant to interact with these unfamiliar people and experiences.


During your time in college, you come to understand the influences in your life that pressure you to think certain ways. You may realize that you believed things before that simply aren’t true, or that you were closed off to new experiences.

College is no time for that. It is not the time to find a comfort zone and remain safely within its boundaries; it is the time to broaden your horizons and discover yourself. What better way to do that than to connect with your peers through on-campus organizations?


Most universities offer hundreds of unique clubs and organizations to their students, including social sororities and fraternities, multicultural sororities and fraternities, academic or honors-based sororities and fraternities, intramural, club, and NCAA sporting teams, student government, students newspapers, and a variety of clubs based on academic focuses, professional achievement, campus events, philanthropy, personal skills and background, extracurricular interests, political affiliations, relegion, and more. Most universities offer on-campus jobs, leadership positions, and roles as orientation guides. Each undergraduate student is bound to identify with at least one of his or her university’s on-campus organizations. If you don’t, however, what’s to stop you from starting one based off your personal interests?

The benefits of being involved in an on-campus organization are infinite. Since you’ll be submerged in the heart of your university, you will constantly be in the know about upcoming events, news, and so on. You’ll have fun while getting to know other students just like you, students completely different from you, potential students to whom you can showcase your amazing university, alumni, esteemed faculty and members of the administration, and members of the local community. You’ll likely establish incredible friendships and build connections that could help you down the road (anything from getting out of a parking ticket to a new job).

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We were all told time and time again in high school that universities look for students with more than just good grades — they want well-rounded students who participate in extra curricular activities. The same goes for companies looking to hire recent college graduates — they want to hire people who are more than just brains, and who have applicable skills. After all, those people will be your future colleagues one day, and will have to spend eight hours a day, five days a week with you. Do you really think they want to hire someone who has no life outside of school or work?

Knowing that you are contributing to the improvement of your university will give you a newfound sense of pride for your alma mater. You’ll learn what it means to be a part of a team, and if you get the chance to take a leadership role within your organization, you’ll gain invaluable life skills that can only be learned through practice. Above all, you’ll make the most out of your far-too-short time in college, and you’ll make irreplaceable memories!

What’s your favorite way to stay involved with your university? Send me your pictures on Twitter and I might retweet you!