I was told by a friend that I should try and run for USGA internal elections. I told her that I didn’t think I’d be good for the job because I didn’t know what goes on around Loyola. It was after I said that that I realized that I really didn’t have that much intimate knowledge of what goes on at my school. It sounds kind of cliché to say but I really have had the time of my life at Loyola and I felt I owed it to myself and the community that I started giving my input to an organization that can actually definitely make a difference in our school: the United Student Government Association. I ran for internal elections and was fortunately elected into a great organization and have had the opportunity to work with some really gifted people. I’d like to keep that going which is why I’m issuing this statement of candidacy to be re-elected as a senator for USGA.
As long as I can remember, I always felt good when I knew that I really helped someone. It one of the driving forces of my personality. But what I like more than just doing someone a favor is helping someone who’s in a situation I found myself in at one time. In my case, I usually had to solve whatever I was faced with on my own, through my own practical experience. So when I was assigned to the Residence Life and Dining Committee after I was elected into USGA, I couldn’t have been happier. There are issues that I had to deal with when I was living in the dorms and eating at the dining halls that I never really saw resolved. Now that I’m in position which I can bring up some sort of legislation to help the students who deal with those same issues, it makes me feel good knowing I have the potential to actually make a positive difference in the lives and college experience of my fellow students.
Since I got elected from internals, I’ve had a great time with USGA. I get to listen to our administrators tell us all about the awesome plans the university has in store for its students and I get to be involved in thought provoking discussion and debate as well as being involved in passing acts of legislation for USGA. It’s truly been a great experience so far and I would like to keep at it for the rest of my college career.
Though I have grown to love USGA, it’s not the only organization I’m involved in at Loyola. I’m a psychology major so naturally, I am a member of the psychology club. I’m also a member of Amnesty International, the Hellenic Student Association, the International Association of Business Communicators, I’m a volunteer at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and I was a member of Loyola’s very first Public Health Brigade which was sponsored by Global Brigades. As of now, I want to go to graduate school and earn my masters and Ph.D. in social psychology or some sort of field related to that.
Since the time I’ve had the privilege of being addressed as Senator Tsarouhis in our USGA meetings, I have grown more and more confident that I can make a difference in the experiences of many students at Loyola and I want to continue to have the opportunity to do so. Thank you for the consideration