At last night’s Senate meeting I announced my resignation as Secretary effective at the beginning of next semester. Last year I devoted a fairly massive portion of my life to the Student Union, learned, grew, and almost failed out of school. Well, SU wasn’t the entire reason, but it ranked highest as a contributing factor. Despite that, I found the experience invaluable and don’t regret it.
Last night I sat in the Union office as the Senate meeting went on and thought about how many times I had done just that last year. Between parts of the meeting that were important to me for one reason or another, I would hang out in the office with others and we would sit around, talk, chill, whatever. It was really nice. Gratifying. I worked on projects, I made change, I went to meetings, and the like, and I enjoyed it.
But it just takes up a massive amount of time. To do it right, its like a job. A job with no pay and little recognition from the general population. A job when you’re supposed to be going to school. And while I’ll miss it, I think that in my last semester I want to take some time to do some other things that I haven’t gotten to do. I want to have lots of time to hang out with Kelli and with my friends. I want to finish what I started first semester of my freshman year and become an editor of a newspaper — The Hoot, the paper Igor and I are founding to shake things up a bit and get journalism working right again on this campus. I want to do a good job at the internship I hope to get (interview tomorrow, wish me luck!). I want, at the end of the year, to have my affairs in order, so to speak, and to be confident that what I’ve done for the Union will carry on and be improved upon.
And to do all of these things, I need to get away from the day-to-day chaos of being Secretary, pass that job off to an able-bodied and enthusiastic underclassman (with any luck, Aaron Braver. You have my endorsement, buddy!), and start focusing on the major projects that I really care about right now. The aforementioned, plus, with any luck, work on reforming the Student Activities Fee structure and governing process, hopefully in conjunction with improving Student Union business services to the community.
Mark and I are going to talk about an E-Board position where I can continue to contribute to the Union and help to pass on the things I have learned and discovered while having more freedom to do the things I want to do. A consulting job, I guess you could call it. Sounds like fun. Guess I’ll find out soon enough.