This archived article was written by: Austin Ashcraft
In my time at USU Eastern, I had incredible opportunities that I could not have had at other institutions. The ability to be a student leader and feel that I made a difference in student life both on and off campus is one that has helped to shape me into who I am. In fact, I can honestly say that I do not know where I would be without the SUN Center.
I learned so much from my experience. I worked with some of the best people that have ever walked this campus. They taught me not only about service and about planning, but about life. I was shaped by their tutelage, and the lessons I learned will never leave me.
At this time of year, with the semester coming to a close, I have thought long and hard about the phrase, “all good things must come to an end,” as I will be moving on to USU Logan in the fall to further my education. Life keeps moving, and so must we. However, I believe that unless we make the most of the time we have, our experiences and opportunities are wasted. We can never reclaim the moment that has passed. If we live our lives waiting in the wings – never getting out our comfort zone and getting involved in the world around us, we will miss out on many, if not most of life’s great joys. It concerns me when I see people come to college, many in their first experience away from home, who choose to not get involved. I believe that your happiness, while you are at college, is directly affected by your level of involvement. It doesn’t have to be huge. It doesn’t have to consume all of your extra time. But if you don’t get involved, you are going to be miserable.
I find it humorous that many people complain that life in Price sucks and there is nothing to do. When invited to participate in an activity, they turn down the opportunity and spend evenings sitting in their apartment watching movies, playing video games, or spending hours upon hours on Facebook.
No wonder they are miserable. It doesn’t matter whether you are in Price or Salt Lake, if you don’t get involved, you are going to miss a lot of opportunities to have fun and make friends, and chances are, you are going to be miserable.
Now, not one to criticize or complain, I am here to help. There is a opportunity on campus for you to get involved, and feel like you make a difference. The SUN Center is an incredible organization. I have had the privilege of being involved with it in each of my three years on this campus. I have never felt more a part of an organization, or that I have made more of a difference.
You can experience the same things. It is such a great organization. I guarantee that if you take initiative, get involved and show some responsibility, you will enjoy it. You will feel like you are a part of something bigger, and that you make a difference on campus and in the community.
We have a lot of students that are leaving at the end of school. There are a lot of positions available for leadership. If you feel that you are responsible, can take initiative, and that you want to be a part of something and make a difference, I encourage you to look into the SUN Center.
Our project leaders work with organizations in the community to plan, organize, and carry out service projects. Volunteers are needed nearly every day for different projects.
We cannot continue as an organization without dedicated students willing to help out, step forward, and lead the way. To put it bluntly – we need you.
Life is what you make of it. Get involved. You will not regret it.