NASAP 2022 Most Outstanding Delegation Winners, Alabama State University SGA Administration

Student government election season is here and heating up across schools all over the country. Students are deciding what they are running for, getting their campaigns together, and gearing up for their desired outcome.

For so many college students, joining the Student Government Association is an opportunity for reinvention, to make your mark, and to make a difference at your school.

Being a part of the Student Government Association at an HBCU is a high honor and a great opportunity to make an impact on campus. Not only do you get to flex your leadership skills but you serve as a liaison between the study body and the administration—not to mention the awesome perks of early access to housing and events.

While you don’t have to be a part of SGA to be successful in college, having a position in SGA can definitely teach you skills that will help you in the real world. It builds character and puts you in a position where you can be a problem solver at your university. SGA President at Southern University and A&M College, Kennedy M. Orr said it best, “SGA is an opportunity for the growth of a person both personally and professionally. You will be pushed to your limit, but you’ll learn how to manage your time and energy. Leadership teaches you skills that can’t be found in a textbook. Experience is the best teacher.” 

Here are seven pieces of advice from current student leaders on how to thrive in SGA!

1Remember Your “Why” 

When going out for an SGA position ask yourself why you want it and what you can bring to the table. Holding onto your “why” will help you endure campaign week and any challenges you may face while in SGA. 

Junior Class President at Morgan State University, Adrian H Phillips Jr. believes this is the key to running a successful SGA campaign. “Your “why” is the secret to managing a successful SGA campaign. This will enable you to structure your campaign around your goals and core values. Being genuine and driven by purpose is crucial as you present yourself to your university” said Phillips.