Why did you choose to become a Laker? For me, it was the realization that this was a place where I could get a phenomenal education while making positive change in the lives of those around me. I never wanted to go to school to make a difference a decade from now. I wanted a place that would challenge me academically and support me in my efforts to make positive change simultaneously. I hope that you find your time here as rewarding as I have. It is a place to meet lifelong friends, go deeper in your understanding of complex issues, and to gain the skills to shape your lives, professions, and societies.
Thank you for making the choice to attend Grand Valley State University and welcome to the Laker family. My name is Eric-John Szczepaniak. I am an aspiring social studies educator and it is my honor to serve as President of the Student Senate where our focus is always on serving the ever changing needs of our diverse student population.
The Student Senate is working for you. If there is something that you want changed at GVSU or if you just need help navigating college life, the Student Senate is a great place to start. We would love to provide you with University resources or work with you to create lasting change for the better. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit one of our meetings at 4:30 p.m. every Thursday in Kirkhof Center 2204. Our office can be found in Kirkhof Center 0008. If you would like to serve with us and help improve our University as a Student Senator, please apply online at gvsu.edu/studentsenate.
My advice to you is simple. Lean on others in times of need. You will face challenges, but you will also find a community of lifelong learners dedicated to your success, be it peers, faculty, or staff. Seek to leave GVSU better than you found it and don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo. We are so excited to learn alongside you and see how you create your own unique Laker Effect.
Student Senate President 2019-2020
Eric-John Szczepaniak is a passionate public servant focused on building agency and ownership in communities. Visit ericjohn.org for more!