SGA Presidential Candidate: Oscar Barbour
Hometown: Darien, Connecticut
Class Year: 2017
Why did you decide to run for SGA President?
When I joined Student Government Association during my second year, I made that commitment to the student body because I was impressed with SGA’s ability to serve the student body in its various ways, and the potential our student government has demonstrated to make even more of a positive impact on campus. Since the start of my term as Organizations Chair, I was part of an Executive Council that was tasked with fitting the student government into a new structure, transitioning into a new system of increased student representation. I decided to run for president because I am confident I will be able to provide the insight, experience and leadership needed for our student government to thrive and take action in the new structure. If elected, I intend to provide the efficient, reliable foundation of service required of the position in order to ensure students’ rights and concerns are clearly and expeditiously represented.
What has been your favorite moment at Southwestern?
I find it hard to pick a moment in my time as a student at Southwestern that is the best one relative to all of the other great moments I have had on this campus. That being said, one of my favorite moments at Southwestern would definitely be in my first year, towards the end of the first semester, when my professor invited our entire First Year Seminar to his house for a meal which he had prepared. This gesture of genuine care impressed me immediately, and exemplifies the deep individual relationships our university faculty and students build with each other.
Being from out of state, I was anxious because I was so far from my home in Connecticut. For this reason, I sincerely appreciated the warmth and grace our campus population has shown one another, through acts of kindness like the one my professor had done for the class. These deep, trusting relationships, gained so quickly, created an environment which invited me to be more social and express myself, and improved my character over the span of my experiences at Southwestern. The meal also provided a way for our class to join together and get to know each other on a deeper level, adding a pleasantly personal quality to my education. The meal exemplified to me the foundation of the lasting relationships made on this campus every year, which is one of the many reasons why I think this campus is so unique.
Is there any other message you want to get out to the student body?
Thank you all for reading this article and being active in this electoral process. If you want to learn more about my campaign and platform, please visit: www.facebook.com/BelieveInBarbour