A Voice for Every Bulldog

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​Margaret Shin - Student Government Association

For every incoming UGA freshman that bleeds red and black and grew up singing the fight song on weekends, there is also the freshman who feels immensely overwhelmed by all things Athens, GA. I was the latter. The first few weeks of college were far from idyllic. I got lost on the bus routes multiple times, did not understand why so many students sported #27 jerseys, and briefly considered transferring out of UGA. With nothing better to do between classes, I attended the Involvement Fair and left holding a stack of posters and flyers that I figured I would never look at again. However, one flyer advertising SGA Freshman Programs managed to catch my eye, and with less than 24 hours before the application closed, I applied on a whim. That was the best decision I made my freshman year.

SGA was and still is more than just another student organization. To me, it is the reason I first learned to love UGA. Maybe it was when a group of friends and I went to Spooky Senate dressed in our Halloween finest. Maybe it was as the Commit campaign staff and I sat on West Lawn, waiting for election results to be announced. Or maybe it was as I watched the Associate Justices who would join me on the SGA Supreme Court being sworn in. I may not be able to pinpoint a specific moment I fell in love with this place that we all call home, but I do know this: I find even more reasons to fall in love with our university with every passing day.

SGA prides itself in being a voice for every bulldog, and when I needed a voice the most, SGA gave one to me. Now, I work to continue this legacy—to ensure that each and every bulldog is heard on campus. I strive to give a voice to pre-law students through the Undergraduate Mock Trial Program, to service-oriented students through Rotaract, to student donors and alumni through Student Alumni Council, and to student scholars through Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. In three years, I’ve watched this campus grapple with tragedy and contention. However, I have also seen us grow as individuals and unite as a student body as a result, and always at the forefront has been and will continue to be SGA.