When The Post asked me to write a letter in its next edition, I was ecstatic! I thought this would be a great opportunity to reflect on this year and thank all of the people who were involved in making it so incredible.
When I first applied to be a student leader, I didn’t think I would be qualified to be the ASPCP president. I thought I was too young and too new to the college experience. When the director of student life called to offer me my position, I was in complete shock. I was astounded by the opportunity and quickly confirmed, but I was fearful of what leading a team of 17 students would look like. As we started the year, I realized how great each and every one of the student leaders were. Each of them had their own qualities, which contributed to the effectiveness of our team. There was this mutual understanding from the beginning that each of us was here for one common purpose: to serve students.
I think what got me the most on working with this team was that, even if I struggled in some aspect, I would have an entire group of people who would be there to support and encourage me. If there is one thing that I learned in this job, it’s that fear of failure will hinder any chance of success. So many times as students, we find ourselves to be so worried about how we’re going to achieve something that we don’t even attempt it. For most of us, the idea of college was frightening at one time or another. We worried about paying for it, committing time to it or even succeeding at it.
Yet each of you decided that it was a worthwhile cause and were willing to dedicate yourselves. So to all of the students graduating alongside me in June, congratulations! To all of the students who have another year or two, keep going. I have found throughout this last year that anything worthwhile comes with challenges and education is beyond valuable.
This year has been the most gratifying experience. The people who work in Room C210 work so hard to make this campus as great as it can be. From putting on events for students and engaging with clubs, to working with administrators to improve the experience at Pierce College, these leaders serve with purpose and I’m so proud that I get to work with these remarkable individuals.
As this year comes to a close, I want to thank a few people. First, thank you to all of you students. Your commitment to your education and yourself is inspiring. No matter what you are trying to accomplish at this institution, I have no doubt that you will be able to do so! Second, thank you to all of the staff and faculty who make this opportunity possible. Without you, none of us would be where we are today. Finally, thank you to my team. Each and every one of you have made an impact. It’s been my absolute pleasure serving alongside you and I have no doubt that each and every one of you will go on to do great things!
Thank you for this incredible opportunity,
Photo of ASPCP President Madi Martin by Chase Charaba.
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