My year as president
Outgoing TWUSA President gives her thoughts on the past year.
When I look back to the beginning of the year—elections, building a team, and developing and implementing our vision for the year including the ideas and events that accompanied it—the experience of being TWUSA president was more than I could have dreamed of! I believe that the things we do in life have purpose, or even gain purpose as we seek to imitate Christ. Although, we find ourselves in peculiar places, not sure why or how we got there, I can say with confidence that the 2012/2013 TWUSA council was in place “for such a time as this.”
Though fearful of sounding elitist or even pompous, I will continue; the university went through some strange things this year. Across campus, we heard murmurs of the potential faculty unionization; TWU was defamed in the media as a result of accusations of discrimination concerning the proposed law school. All of this was coupled with the pervasive knowledge of debt, the resignation of our much loved President, and a surprising tuition hike—it was quite the year!
The bonus of being a student at TWU is there are incredible people put in place to look after the institution. As representatives of the Student Association, we wanted to enhance the student experience and I believe that this year, we have done just that.
The thing that constantly amazes me about TWU is the phenomenal amount of dedicated students that want to get involved, and then the excellence that is shown in everything that they do. Sometimes I wonder if TWU is going through an identity crisis. In the scope of Canadian higher education, maybe we are caught between the idea of being a Bible college and a large secular university and we punch above our weight in a fight for legitimacy.
Maybe we have to prove ourselves. Mars’ Hill and Pillar consistently win prizes for their brilliance in artistic design, students strive for good grades, and succeed, and our athletic teams dominate. You have to stop and think, when Dr. Raymond says that TWU is a “remarkable university,” perhaps we really are. TWUSA has facilitated an environment to advocate, to host events, and to build community. Though I am the one writing this article, and the one with the fancy title of President—there are 18 other people that deserve so much recognition! Each member on TWUSA has played an integral role, and I hope and pray that they realize the gift that they have been, not only to me, but to the university.
It is a team of people, working together that creates a community, not a single person. It is the relationships that form while working together that creates the memories. Thank you council of 2012-2013 for your utmost diligence in serving the student body. Thank you to the departments in the university that have partnered with us this year, thank you to staff and faculty that have supported us—and most of all—thank you to the student body for participating in what TWUSA has to offer.