In a new Q&A series, The Echo reporters ask Student Government Association candidates about their Spring 2016 campaigns. Elections will take place April 6-7 on Org Sync.
Q: Who are you and what are you running for?
My name is Bryce Woods and I’m running for the Executive Vice President of SGA.
Q: Why did you decide to run for SGA?
Initially, I ran for SGA because I was a fan of my high school’s student council and figured this would be a fun way to get involved on campus. When I got on SGA my sophomore year, I found it was a totally different world from high school (obviously). I realized this was a group that actually has real power to change this campus for the betterment of the students! In this organization, the administration actually listens to what we have to say and I thought that was incredible. Fast forward two years and here I am. I have seen the potential for SGA on this campus and I have learned so much from those who were in leadership before me, so, now, I’ve decided I am going to run in order to continue advocating on the students’ behalf as well as maybe inspire some upandcoming leaders on our campus!
Q: Why should UCA students elect you?
I have plenty of experience! Having served on SGA for the past 2 years, I have learned the ins and outs of almost every committee and am very familiar with our constitution! I have some incredible ideas for helping SGA better represent our student body, as well as ideas to better the campus in general! I can promise, if you elect me to be the Executive Vice President, I will passionately work to represent the thoughts of students all over the campus!
Q: Have you been in a leadership position before?
I have been involved in many different organizations around campus and have held leadership positions in many of them! In my fraternity, I served as the Treasurer for a year. On the UCA Ambassadors, I have served as a Team Leader for the past year. In SGA, I have served as the Chair of the Campus Resources committee. In all of these roles, as well as those, which I have not stated, I have learned how to be an effective leader and have also learned all sorts of different ways to work with anyone I come in contact with! I think my leadership experience more than qualifies me for this leadership role!
Q: What’s something unusual about you?
Something unusual about me is actually a hobby that I’ve picked up this past year: bird watching. Bird watching has been an exciting way for me to get out in nature and get to have some time to myself! I’ve also always enjoyed photography, so this also serves as an outlet for that hobby as well! Everything about getting to go out and enjoy the natural world, as well as the thrill of finding a place that has a bird I’ve never seen leads me to really love bird watching and I hope to make it a lifelong hobby!
photo courtesy of Bryce Woods