Here’s more on being a SAS Senator from rising sophomores Rebecca Millberg and Jewels Tambone!
“Coming into my first year at Scripps, I had never been a part of the student government at my high school and was not very interested in participating during college. However, during orientation I was inspired by the speech given by the then Scripps Associated Students (SAS) President and by other SAS members I met throughout the week. After these encounters, I decided that SAS was something I was interested in being a part of, but I didn’t want to take on too much too fast. I knew that a lot of first years were already planning on running for the one First Year Representative position, and so I decided to apply to be a hall senator instead by submitting a statement of intent to the SAS Vice President. One thing that drew me to being a hall senator was that it was the perfect way to try out SAS without taking on responsibilities that I wasn’t sure I wanted to have. Additionally, since there could be three senators from each dorm (and thus twenty-four senators total), I didn’t have to worry about running in an extremely competitive race. In fact, I ended up not having to campaign at all because only two people from my dorm, Toll Hall, decided to run!
“Once I was appointed, I got to begin meeting with the other senators and SAS members in order to learn more about SAS and plan programs for my dorm. I also got to sit on different SAS committees such as Diversity and Inclusivity, Speakers, and Sustainability. Through these experiences, I met a bunch of new people, got practice planning fun programs, and learned more about Scripps. All of this made me so interested in student government that I decided to run for a full SAS position in the spring, and thanks to all of the experience and connections I gained as a senator, I was elected as the 2014-2014 SAS Campus Activities Chair. “
“Last year, I was a SAS Senator as well as part of the Large Events Committee, Speakers Committee, and Elections Committee, and this year, I am the 5C Events Chair on SAS as well as one of the two heads of the Large Events Committee. I highly recommend getting involved in SAS Senate; as a first year, you cannot be in student government so SAS Senate is a great way to still be a part of it. One thing I loved about SAS Senate was that it exposed me to both students at other schools as well as upperclassmen at Scripps, many of whom ended up being fantastic mentors to me throughout the year. Student government is a great way to have your voice heard and can lead to many interesting and important discussions. Another thing I loved about SAS Senate is that beyond planning bonding activities for your dorm, you get to be a part of several different committees, each run by a member of SAS. This year for Senate Committee, we brought in Steve Rosenfield and it was an incredible experience to be a part of his What I Be project. Also, I have always had a passion for event planning and got to experience it first hand as a part of the Large Events Committee where we planned several 5C parties and events throughout the year. My experience in this committee inspired me to run for 5C Event Chair. I would highly recommend running for SAS Senate-it was definitely one of the defining experiences of my first semester. If you have any questions about Senate or the Large Events Committee/student government in general, feel free to email me at JTambone0185@ScrippsCollege.edu. Can't wait to meet you all in August!”
- Jewels Tambone