To my Beloved Xavierites

It seems like not too long ago I was being sworn in as the 2016-2017 Student Government Association President. I will admit that I was more nervous than excited, but I was honored above all. I was honored to serve a university that had given so much to me and helped me become the woman that will be graduating on May 13th, 2017 at 10am in the Convocation Center (but who’s keeping tabs). I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of the position, but I made the promise to myself that when it was all said and done I would have given it my all.
A year later, I can say that I kept my promise. I won’t say that being SGA President is the most glamorous job, but I will say it is the most humbling and rewarding. There were many times I shied away from telling people what my position was, but I remembered that the student body choose me to be an ambassador for their institution and to do anything less would be a disservice. I have had the privilege of representing the university in a number of spaces and have not taken this honor lightly. I’ve enjoyed talking about our rich history, family-like atmosphere, and academic XUllence with those who were not privileged enough to know Xavier the way I do. I can say with confidence that Xavier has been and will continue to be a premier institution.
When I look back over the year and remember the things we’ve gone through together, some memories make me laugh and some make me cry, but all make me proud to have served as your Student Government President. We’ve practiced with the XU Swim Team, but have also begun making prominent changes with our wireless system and our dining services. We regained a former Gold Rush player into our family as Head Men’s Basketball Coach and suffered the devastating loss of our Chief of Police. We’ve been honored on a number of national platforms, while continuing to be a valuable lifeline to our local communities. As a university known for having dedicated faculty and staff and for producing leaders in a number of professional fields, we have continued the vision of our founder, St. Katharine Drexel “to promote a more just and humane society”.
I have no shame in saying I became teary-eyed writing this letter. Parting with such a highly respected positioned at a well-known university to not an easy task. But I hope that my time serving will leave a legacy that will continue on long after my name is no-longer mentioned. Xavier University of Louisiana, I have given you my all and I hope I have served you well.
And to my successor Mr. Bryan Redmond, I know you will do well. This university deserves nothing but your best and soon you will see that, if you have not already.
God Bless You and God Bless Xavier University of Louisiana,
Sierra Blanchard-Hodge
President 2016-2017
Student Government Association
*drops mic*….Sierra out.

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