One of the greatest experiences I have had the incredible opportunity to partake in at MSU is being the President of Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA). The position was handed to me and I am forever thankful. You never know how life is going to work out. When I got on board with SASA, I was literally involved in everything under the sun. At one point I was in close to 15 different extra circulars. I went to Alanna, VOICE center director, and asked if I could help rejuvenate SASA. I knew that I of course cared about the cause, but at the time I had no idea how important it would become.
Alanna gave me the reigns to restart the organization and structure it how I would like. I am doing this in the midst of taking a full course load and being involved in a ton of things. So I make it happen. It went from just me to 12 very active members, and many more semi-active members. We held a fundraiser in which we raised $2,400 for the Survivor Fund. The survivor fund is a student ran fund that offers financial support to organizations and survivors for the gaps that regular funding misses.
We just co-sponsored Take Back the Night in which we organized a rally and March. The energy at the event was incredible and so empowering. It made me feel so alive and like we were making a difference. We marched from the Strand Union Building to downtown Bozeman while Chicks With Sticks (a female bucket drum corps) lead the march.
When I signed on to SASA I had never worked with sexual assault awareness. Today as I write this, I have relinquished almost every involvement I had and now eat, live, and breathe SASA. I was also chosen to hold a chairman position for a campus wide sexual assault awareness coalition. I am obsessed with this line of work, it is were so much of my passion lies: I never saw it coming. The trajectory of my life has changed; I thought I always wanted to be a lawyer, and since all of this I have decided to go to grad school and continue to work in this field. I have gotten an amazing internship working on these issues that was given to me, no application or anything, they came to me.
All of these great opportunities have happened without me expecting them. They happened because I let myself follow my passion and approach what I do with good intentions. But, regardless of all the great “career opportunities” what is really the best part is the people I get to spend me time with. Because they give me memories like these….
So my advice to you is to follow your passions and let my mind run wild with interest when you come to college. Because the time for it is now, while we are young. Also the quote below changed my perspective on the world; maybe it will do the same for you.
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” -Howard Thurman