Getting Involved Through Student Association

12419346_10153366775285800_4784771197976051427_oToday’s blog post is from Gabby Gunnerson, a sophomore Finance major from Overland Park, Kan.

When I came to TU as a freshman, I knew that I wanted to get involved on campus, especially in ways I wasn’t able to during my time in high school since sports dominated my life. During orientation, I was introduced to Student Association and thought it sounded interesting. When the applications  for the Cabinet side of SA came out, I figured I might as well apply because it couldn’t hurt to put myself out there. I was pleasantly surprised when I got an email telling me I was invited to interview and even more excited when I was told that I was to be one of the Associate Directors of Athletics. I had no idea what was in store for me, but I couldn’t wait to get started.

12186744_10203809328792757_6201760222147812386_oI soon learned that I was a part of a committee that promoted varsity athletics on campus. We were in charge of having tailgates for football games and doing giveaways for all sorts of different athletic events to get students excited about going to the games. One of my favorite giveaways we did was for both men’s and women’s soccer. We gave away a really cool scarf and we actually ran out of them because so many people wanted them.

But being on SA isn’t all giving away free t-shirts and Chick-Fil-A. I was also able to help with other events around campus such as Homecoming in the fall and our annual Springfest event in the spring. It gave me the opportunity to meet a large number of students here at TU that I probably wouldn’t have been able to meet otherwise. It’s so gratifying to hear about how the student body enjoys the different events we put on and great to hear their feedback on how we can improve things in the future.

I also learned that the Student Association has a lot larger impact on campus than most students even realize. The Senate side of SA allocates money to every single student organization on campus so they can put on their own events.

12898193_10153373110730800_7523495495923024623_oI loved being on Student Association so much during my freshman year that I applied to be an Executive Director my sophomore year and was fortunate enough to become the ED of Student Awareness. Now, I’m able to plan events that I think will help the student body be more aware of what is going on in the world around them. I have a wonderful committee full of ADs who are passionate and willing to help out the amazing students here at TU.

Being a part of student association is definitely one of my favorite things about The University of Tulsa and has most definitely impacted my life for the better by allowing me to grow as a leader and individual.