Stephanie L. Nichols ‘13
Student Government Association, Vice President of Student Affairs 2012
Major: Prelaw, Criminal Justice with a Paralegal certificate
Hometown: Southington, CT
Thoughts on Leadership
Leadership is about being the best you can be and helping to bring out the best in others. It is about engaging others and coming together to help improve the community. Leadership is knowing when to bend and compromise without sacrificing your personal morals and convictions. It is about breaking boundaries and trying to make sure everyone has a voice. Leadership is never giving up even when the circumstances are tough.
I came to Anna Maria College shy and unsure. In my family I was considered the academic one, so when I arrived at AMC I spent a lot of time making sure my papers were perfect and my readings were practically memorized. I would go from class to the library and from the library to my room. Although I observed what was going on, I never got involved or voiced my opinion.
Eventually some upperclassmen encouraged me to attend a few events and I quickly learned that these students planned, booked, staffed, publicized, and even dealt with the finances for these activities. I witnessed students taking their passions and sharing them with others. I quickly became involved and began to understand that at Anna Maria, students are a part of the leadership of the College.
After being elected to the Student Government Executive Board, I was excited to be able to serve the student body and to question things on campus. Being able to work through issues has helped me to learn that leaders must know how to listen and work with others. I know that I will carry the lessons I have learned at Anna Maria College with me throughout my life. After walking across the stage at Commencement on May 18th prior to entering the real world, I was able to confidently say that I am ready to take it on. Anna Maria College has made me the leader, as well as, the person I am today.