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Leadership is proactive, not reactive

The Weekly Sillimanian | February 9, 2024

In the fast-paced scenarios of university life, the symbiotic relationship between student government and administration is crucial for ensuring a seamless academic experience. The Weekly Sillimanian urges the next Silliman University Student Government (SUSG) administration to embody true leadership by taking the initiative to or institutionalizing consultations with the administration on crucial dates in the school calendar—particularly during the deliberations that occur before a school year opens. 

One such date would be the schedule of the University Intramurals, the date of which has been subject to student pushback.

The heart of this advice lies in the belief that collaboration at the outset between the administration and the student body is essential. By synchronizing schedules early on, both parties can align their expectations, mitigating potential issues related to nonpreparedness and manpower problems. The next SUSG administration should not merely be reactive; they must be proactive in approaching the administration from the moment they assume office.

Clarity is key in any successful venture, and pushing for an SUSG representative when setting the school calendar well in advance provides colleges the transparency and foresight needed for effective preparations, especially for high-profile events like intramurals. The intrinsic promise of any student government is to advocate for the best interests of the students. Initiating early consultations with the administration fulfills this commitment, as it demonstrates a genuine dedication to the student body’s welfare.

Leadership is not merely a title; it is a continuous commitment to taking the initiative. The next SUSG administration should embody this principle by proactively engaging in dialogue with the administration, establishing a precedent for decisive and timely decision-making. Such leadership not only fosters a sense of responsibility but also sets the stage for a smoother, more prepared execution of essential events.

The recent panic and subsequent request for the rescheduling of intramurals serve as a poignant example of the consequences of delayed action. This year, the SUSG found itself in a predicament, hoping for a last-minute resolution that never materialized. The fallout from this experience underscores the necessity of early consultations and decisive action.

Not limited to intramurals, this call for proactive leadership extends to all facets of student government operations. Leaders should consistently seize the initiative, working alongside the administration to create an environment conducive to success. Such a collaborative approach not only enhances the student experience but also empowers the student government to fulfill its mandate effectively.

The next SUSG administration must embody the true essence of leadership by taking the initiative in consulting with the administration early and decisively. This proactive approach ensures a harmonious school calendar, prevents unforeseen challenges, and ultimately upholds the commitment to the student body. By setting this precedent, the next SUSG administration will not only meet expectations but surpass them, leaving an indelible mark as true leaders for the students they represent.

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