Vice President’s Orientation Speech
Welcome Class of 2021!
As custom of the past few years, it is the pleasure of Student Government Association to welcome our newest class. For this year’s welcome speech, Vice President Bianca Roa addressed the Class of 2021 on Friday August 25, 2017.
You can read her remarks below:
“Hello and welcome family, friends, furry friends, and of course the Class of 2021! My name is Bianca Roa, and I am the Vice President of the Student Government Association or SGA. It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to congratulate you on the start of your exciting journey at Champlain College.
In preparation for this speech, I reflected on my time here and truthfully I’m not sure how I’m already graduating in May. Just thinking about the transformation between the woman that stands before you now and the girl who stood in your place just three years ago, I feel incredibly empowered by my experience.
However do not be fooled. On my first day here, I was terrified, excited, overwhelmed, and a whole slew of other emotions. I moved exactly 987 miles away from sunny South Carolina to snowy Vermont, a place where I did not know who or what awaited me. And yes before you ask, the first winter was very hard for on my sweet southern soul.
But it was more than just weather and distance. I know that there are some of you who come from across the country and others from just down the road, and your college experiences will be different. Either way this is a turning point for you, Class of 2021. A chance for you to decide here and now if you want to lean into the change and embrace it.
My own journey has not been an easy one. There have been without a doubt hiccups along the way. However the reason why I stand here a confidently changed individual is because I had help getting here. From my wonderful advisors, to my supervisors, mentors, professors, family, and friends, it was my support systems that got me through. They helped me embrace paths I never even considered as options during my orientation.
My path has included international internships in Shanghai and Dublin, helping start the Stiller Women in Business organization, running for student government, and much more. Each of these were opportunities within my grasp as long as I had the passion and willpower to do it. So rest easy Mom and Dad, because when students are empowered to go after their goals and use the people and resources offered to them, the Champlain College experience is incredible.
Now I leave you with one last piece of advice, Class of 2021. Take charge of your time here. Get involved with things you know you are passionate about and also the things you aren’t as sure about. Whether it’s a leadership role like Student Government Association or joining Dance Team, Anime Club or Quidditch, just know that you get what you put into Champlain, so make the most of it. And if you are stuck and in a rut, reach out! That includes me or any other member of Student Government. If we can’t help you, we can help you find someone who will.
Good luck to you all!”