Outgoing MSC President Address
What a year this has been for the Memorial Student Center and larger Texas A&M campus. It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to redesign almost every aspect of our lives, including how we attend classes or study, how we continue providing campus programs, and how we build and maintain a sense of community within our committees and resource teams. As I finish up my year serving as the 71st MSC President, I am so proud to look back at the work our members, student officers, and advisors have done to overcome the challenges before them. Through adaptations like opening up programs to virtual attendees and trying out new spaces to accommodate a larger audience, our committees were able to continue fulfilling our vision of being the benchmark for excellence in student programs and leadership learning. At the same time, our students took initiative to create a welcoming environment within their committees and resource teams so both new and returning members felt at home.
This past year has certainly been characterized by a need for flexibility, and I feel lucky to have been prepared so well for it by the time I have spent in the Memorial Student Center. Since my freshman year in MSC ALOT, I have learned invaluable lessons that will stay with me throughout my life, and it has become clear to me that there is no place on campus that fosters personal and professional growth quite like the Memorial Student Center. During my time as the chair of MSC ALOT, I learned the power of collaboration as I worked with my fellow officers each week to ensure our committees were producing excellent programs and enhancing campus life. Through my involvement in MSC Hospitality, MSC Marketing, and the MSC Spencer Leadership Conference, I was able to witness examples of the Aggie Family supporting each other and providing opportunities for younger generations of Aggies to learn and grow.
Upon my graduation from Texas A&M, I began to reflect and feel incredibly grateful for the past four years I’ve spent in the MSC. I have been able to work with and learn from students and advisors who each played a special role in my own development. The MSC provided the perfect environment in which my peers and I could apply what we had learned in our coursework to develop and improve programs for the larger student body and campus community. I know that it will continue to do so as our campus looks to open up in the upcoming fall semester, and I hope to see many of you in the Student Programs Office soon! I encourage you to continue keeping in touch with our students and learning about the amazing things they are doing. It is because of the foundation and support of former students that current students are able to succeed.
Thanks and Gig ‘em,
71st MSC President