The fall semester will bring with it many new things — including a new slate of officers for Belmont’s Student Government Association (SGA). The campaign process began weeks before elections opened this spring as students began to learn about the candidates who could represent their voices and desires for the upcoming year. Towards the end of the semester, Shania Jones was elected as SGA President, bringing with her Macy Thompson, the incumbent VP.
A double major in music business and management (with a human resources emphasis), Jones will graduate in December 2018. Interested in working in human resources and attending graduate school after graduation, Jones said the opportunity to run for SGA President is a perfect fit for her strengths, talents and goals. “I want to be a voice for the students,” Jones said. “That voice that cares not only about just being a voice, but about putting action with it…These folks here are like family. This campus is home. It’s important to love your family and home–that’s what I’m about.”
Jones said she’s most excited for the campus collaborations she’ll have the chance to be part of in her new position. Eager to hear student concerns and find creative ways to work towards solutions, Jones will be focusing on three main areas in her time as president — communication, community and safety.
She’s sees patience as a president’s most important quality–with passion listed as a close second. “If you don’t have passion for the student body, why run?” Jones said. “You gotta love what you’re doing and who you’re doing it for.”