Welcome back to the bricks! My name is Anakate Andrasko, and I am honored to serve as your Student Government Association President this year. Whether you are a new first-year student, transfer, or graduate student, I hope that you find your home here at the University of Montevallo. To the returning students, welcome back. As the school year kicks off, I hope you enjoy the events and activities that the SGA, UPC, Greek Life, and athletics have planned.
I encourage you to get involved in one of the various organizations on campus. From SGA to College Night, being involved allows you to get the whole college experience, making memories that last a lifetime. The University of Montevallo is unique, and Montevallo gives students opportunities that they would have never dreamed of. As I think back on my last three years, I never thought I would be SGA President. The University of Montevallo has allowed me to have opportunities that I didn’t know were possible. From leadership roles to outstanding academic adventures, Montevallo has shaped me into the person I am today.
I highly recommend utilizing the free resources every student has available on campus. You will find resources to help you academically, such as the Learning Enrichment Center that offers free tutoring and the Harbert Writing Center that assists students with writing assignments. In addition, Health Services, Counseling Services, and the Career Development Center are all services provided to give students the resources they need to succeed in college and their future careers.
While you are settling into or returning to college life, be sure to let SGA know what your needs are. The SGA is here to advocate for students, which is why we need your thoughts and opinions on how we can continue to improve our campus. The more informed we are about the changes you want on campus, the more influential the SGA can be.
As we return to campus, please do your part in helping to protect the students, faculty, and staff around you. Getting vaccinated is the best way to ensure that you and the people near you are staying safe. We did an outstanding job last year of keeping our numbers down due to everyone following CDC guidelines. Now we can continue to make the University of Montevallo a safer environment for all. So don’t wait, vaccinate. Please do your part in keeping Montevallo safe.
College can be stressful and overwhelming at times but remember to cherish the small moments that make college worthwhile. From the late-night study groups in the library to the run to McDonald’s hoping their ice cream machine is working, the small memories will make lasting impressions. As your [HI1] cramming for that big quiz, remember to enjoy the journey. Some final tips: always keep your syllabus as it will be your lifesaver, communicate with your professors, do not procrastinate, and have fun!
My job is to represent the student body and voice your concerns to the administration. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your SGA President. Let’s have a great year!