I hope We Made Mason Better: A Reflection from the Outgoing Student Body President Philip Abbruscato
May 1, 2015
As this year concludes, I’m proud to reflect on all of the work that every member of Student Government has done in order to serve the needs of the Mason community. This past year, Student Government has served the student body in a variety of different ways. We saw the implementation of a Medical Amnesty Program, made our spirit based programming bigger and better than ever, pushed for gender identity and expression to be included in Mason’s Non-Discrimination Policy, sat as student representatives on a variety of university committees (over 50), collected student feedback regarding campus services, worked actively with university administrators of every level and department, lobbied in Richmond for stronger support for higher education, played an active role on the Board of Visitors, enhanced our relationship with the City of Fairfax, and took part in national conversations around sexual assault prevention…just to name a few things!
Student Government is unique. It’s made up of students from all different walks of life, opinions, ideologies, backgrounds, and academic interests, coming under one roof for a common purpose: to make Mason better. This organization continues to evolve at an exponential rate. In the past four years that I’ve served in SG, I’ve seen student leaders come together and strive to work harder, think bigger, and reach higher all for the sake of the Mason community. The members of this organization are volunteers that spend countless hours working on goals and initiatives simply to improve the student experience at our University (a process that isn’t so simple!). Looking back on this year specifically, I’d like to think that we all made Mason better. It’s been an absolute honor and privilege serving as Student Body President and I would like to thank members of my Executive Cabinet and the Thirty-Fifth Student Senate for pushing this organization to new and greater heights for the sake of serving the student body.
To my successor, Khushboo Bhatia, I wish you all the best in the year to come. The organization and the student body will be in good hands next year, as there is no doubt in my mind that you, the new Executive Cabinet, and the 36th Student Senate will build off of the work the organization completed this year and serve students in new and innovative ways! Finally, to my all my fellow seniors graduating in a couple of weeks…we made it! I hope that you all felt that your time spent at this University was worthwhile and that you’re happy you chose Mason. I know I am. Congratulations to the Class of 2015, wishing you all the best in your post-Mason endeavors!
With Patriot Pride,
Outgoing Student Body President, 2014-2015
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