Here in Waubonse, the spring semester is over. To every student who has successfully completed all of their courses or graduated and is now moving on to the next chapter of their life, I would like to sincerely congratulate you on your achievement; Mission accomplished, you did it!
Even though it’s already been two years since I started my trip to Waubonnee, I still can’t believe how quickly time has passed. Near the end of my freshman year at Waubonnee, I was fortunate enough to be elected student senate president. I can confidently say that the decision to run for this position was one of the best decisions.
Being elected Student Senate President gave me an opportunity to explore public service and government. In this role, I got to work with a very talented and diverse group of people. Student senators come from a wide variety of backgrounds, each offering a unique perspective. While diversity is evident in student government, it also reflects the community it serves: the student body at Waubonee Community College. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn and work alongside a diverse group of people in Waubonnee who care about various issues.
Two events that I am extremely proud that my fellow student senators presented in Waubonnee were the Constitution Day event and the gift wrap drive for area families in need. It was fascinating to see how many people attended the Constitution Day event and how genuinely interested the students were to better understand their constitutional rights and how the vote works. In partnership with the Salvation Army, the Gift Wrap Drive enabled students to help families in need during the holiday season. It also gave Waubonse students a greater awareness of the diversity of economic statuses of families residing in our district. In either case, the student senators created something based on a need to discover, share knowledge, or embrace diversity in the community.
Whether it’s in my classes or at the many events organized by Student Life, diversity is one of the best words you can use to describe what makes Waubonee Community College so amazing. Just as the members of the Student Senate reflect the diversity present in the student body, each member of the Waubonse community is representative of the various communities that reside in District 516.
I am a first-hand example of how Waubonnee’s updated mission statement has changed my life. The experiences I gained in college allowed me to discover and explore my passions, share knowledge and embrace diversity. Also, Waubonsee made the idea of transferring to a bachelor’s degree-granting university accessible and realistic for me. I can say with confidence that the education I received at Waubonnee has prepared me tremendously for my future career in teaching.
As a fellow graduate in the Class of 2022, I will earn an Associate of Arts degree in Economics from Waubonnee Community College. After that, I plan to start classes at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a junior. My goal is to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Business Development and Entrepreneurship.
I truly believe that Waubonnee is a place for everyone. During my time at Waubonee, I have not come across any student who felt that Waubonee was not helping them achieve their goals. I cannot express how proud I am of my classmates. I wish the Class of 2022 the best. I know we will all be successful in our future endeavours.
• Elias Tamer is the 2021-22 Waubonee Community College Student Senate President and a 2022 Waubonee Community College graduate