I spent this summer working as an orientation leader at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Orientation is designed to help new students succeed academically, adjust to collegiate life and meet new friends.
“Student Government gives me the opportunity to be a part of something greater than myself …”
— Jordan Wohl
Whenever I took a group past the Student Government Office on the second floor of our University Center, I smiled. I was glad because I had an excellent spiel:
I told the students that sometime in their collegiate career, they will be bothered by something on campus. Be it parking issues, concerns with leadership or lack of a certain resource — there will always be something.
Moreover, if they don’t have an issue at some point, they will actually miss out. I always explained that Student Government works to address those issues, and that is why I was proud to be a part of it.
I first joined Student Government halfway through my second semester at UM-Dearborn after having many friends pestering me to do so. A few months later, I was elected to the role of senator, which I have been all summer. I love having the opportunity to represent my school and the people in it as a student senator. In addition, as vice president of Hillel of Metro Detroit’s Jewish Student Organization at UM-Dearborn since October 2016, I have been allowed to represent Jewish students and their concerns, and meet other student leaders from many different campus organizations.
Over the past few months, the leadership of Student Government has worked toward adjusting its meeting times to better convenience students who observe Shabbat, and now we will be working with a new meeting time this fall because of it.
I want to help make UM-Dearborn a destination for all students, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or anything else that makes an individual an individual. Student Government gives me the opportunity to be a part of something greater than myself to achieve that goal, and I can’t wait to get to work in September.
Jordan Wohl of Danvers, Mass., is a sophomore at University of Michigan-Dearborn is the vice president of the UM-Dearborn Jewish Student Organization and a senator of the Student Government.