By: Alex Bock
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y.- The votes are in and Nick Graham, a junior finance major, has been elected as the new student-body president for the 2019-2020 academic year.
“Never did I imagine I’d be doing this,” Graham stated when discussing his journey in NUSGA since freshman year. “I went to one of the interest meetings and there were 4 or 5 other people there; and I just thought to myself ‘I could become president.’ I’ve just always been one of those people to just throw yourself in the fire and see what happens.”
While his background and experience with NUSGA helped make him a qualified candidate for student-body president, the process included a lot of planning and preparation for both the campaign as a whole, and particularly the debate.
“The campaign worked well,” said Graham. “The week of spring break was nice and I spent time jotting down thoughts of what I wanted to say. I tried to post on social media and my friends helped spread the word around to get people to vote. I was able to prepare for the speech, then used my network for the voting.”
Aside from all of the preparation and thought that went into the campaign and debate, Graham brings a lot of the intangibles that every president should have. His outgoing, energetic and charismatic personality combined with his problem-solving abilities is part of what makes him a president that cares about the students first.
“I’m a positive energy guy; I’m always there to help people out,” Graham explained. “If they’re struggling with something I can help them find clarity and that peace of mind. I may not have the answer, but I can guide someone in a certain direction. I want to hear what YOU have to say.”
For anybody was in attendance for the debate, they know Graham has big plans ahead for Niagara University. This includes working with all club presidents to enhance the learning experience in each particular club.
“Definitely first I want to find a way for club presidents to own their positions and maximize the club experience,” Graham mentioned. “I want to work with all presidents to try to have something that will enhance the club experience, where students learn something that is not taught in the classroom. Let’s come together and learn what we want to learn.”
It’s clear that Graham is excited and eager to begin his work this coming fall, and he’s hoping that by the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, Niagara University can improve on being a vibrant community where students are all together as one.
“I want NU to be a true culture of friendship.” Graham expressed. “A culture you can see and feel without any explanation, and see the sharing of ideas that are really outside the box.”
Featured image by Brigid Gorman.