As a proud member of the Longwood University Student Government Association, it is very exciting to for me to be a student during the time that the SGA is celebrating its 100th year in student governance. One hundred years is a long time for a college campus to still rely on student involvement and leadership in everything from the judicial process to actual governing. I have seen the SGA evolve greatly during the three short years I have been here and student involvement in campus activities continues to grow with each semester. Complacency was a big issue before I joined the SGA, but the right people came along to help turn things around on campus and the student body is now more willing and able to be a part of the process that creates leaders both on and off campus. It has been an amazing transformation. The SGA is actively seeking student input on various decisions that effect the campus while the campus community is holding the SGA accountable for what it does on a regular basis. If you ask me, that’s really how it’s supposed to be.
With that said, we still have a long way to go. It took 100 years for us to get to where we are today but progress should never be measured on how long it takes, but on whether or not we make it there. So as the campus celebrates 100 years of the SGA and the Honor Code, we must first give thanks to ourselves and to those before us who have kept this longstanding tradition alive. We must thank those who have allowed Longwood to remain one of the few institutions in the country that look directly to the students to make the important decisions that continue to move Longwood forward. However, we must also avoid the complacency that has plagued our campus in the past. While we should be happy at how far we’ve come, we must realize that we can’t stop where we are. As Longwood continues to grow in numbers, the voices of the student body will continue to grow louder and it is those voices that will transform this university into everything we’ve always wanted it to be. Longwood never likes to pretend that the students don’t exist on this campus, and I urge everyone else to not pretend like they don’t exist as well.
So let’s wish the SGA a Happy 100th Birthday and let’s hope that in another 100 years, Longwood’s newest students can look back at today and be proud of what those before them did in order to make Longwood, not only the best university in Virginia, but one of the best universities in the entire country!