Like many students, Julie was not sure how much she would become involved on campus. But it didn't take long. This sophomore is experiencing everything SVSU has to offer.
SV:Why did you choose SVSU?
Julie: From the first time I stepped on campus, it felt like home. It felt like I could be myself, and that this is a place I could shine. Everyone was so nice and friendly. They offered me financial aid, which helped make it affordable. Having grew up on the west side of the state, I wanted to go somewhere besides a community college or Grand Valley. I wanted to find myself and be able to become an independent person. I made a great decision coming here. I’ve been able to really whatever I’ve wanted to do here.
SV: What was your first semester like?
Julie: I remember I took 12 credits. I remember being embarrassed (well almost) that I had to take Math 082. I took pre-calculus in high school, but I just didn’t remember anything. No one should be embarrassed if they have to take Math 082 or English 080. These courses will help you do so much better.
I also remember crying in front of a Political Science professor because I felt like I did not have the right skills to be in the course with other Honors Students.
But it wasn’t all bad. That’s when I got involved in the Student Association.
SV: How did you become involved in Student Association?
Julie: I became involved in Student Association practically the first Monday of class. On the Sunday before the start of class, we sponsor what’s called Red Pride Picnic. It’s happening this year on Sunday, August 29, so I hope everyone comes. There’s free food, games, music and prizes! Anyway, my roommate in Living Center North was getting involved, and at the Red Pride Picnic, I met Angela Seeley, the president of Student Association in 2008-2009. I had been in student government in high school, and she said I should run for appointment.
SV: What are you most proud of?
Julie: I’ve never been one to set goals for myself. But my freshman year I set a goal for myself that I wanted to be accepted into the prestigious Roberts Fellows Program my sophomore year. I was. I’m excited and very proud of that.
But it’s hard to say just one thing. Saginaw Valley has given me so many opportunities to do whatever I have wanted to. I just completed a seven week internship with State Representative Dan Scripps (D) from the 101st District which was just amazing.
SV: Where did your passion for politics come from?
Julie: My first semester here was Fall 2008 and Barack was running for president. I worked on the “Students for Barack Obama” campaign. I found my passion. A group of SVSU students took a bus for $50 each to the inauguration. Earlier this year I received a scholarship to attend the AAUW/NASPA National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in Washington D.C. I met Patti Solis Doyle, campaign manager for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid from January 2007-February 2008. That was amazing. When I came here I was going to be a med tech, because there are a couple med techs in my family. But my roommate, Jessica, said that I needed to do what I am passionate about; and there will be a job. So, I hope to be a judge someday, and then run for office. I want to help people when they are at their worst, find a better path.
SV: What advice do you have for incoming students?
Julie: Try to get involved in something that sounds interesting to you. Don’t worry if your friends don’t think it’s cool. You may find new friends that like the same things you do! Try to find something that you can be involved in that will lead you beyond your freshman year, something that will take you all four years.”