By Mike Stevens, Contributor
It has been about two months since the 2015 ASA Cabinet officially handed over the reigns, and I wanted to take advantage of a rare moment of rest to reflect on and share my thoughts on our wonderful institution. My feelings are overwhelmingly dominated by those of gratitude to my fellow classmates for allowing me to be your ASA President, and enthusiasm for the future of our school and for us as Anderson students and alumni.
Let me be the first to say: I am surrounded by an incredible team. The ASA Cabinet that is taking office consists of talented, passionate, and dedicated people. As a Cabinet, we have decided to adopt a theme of “accessibility and inclusion” as we move forward — we have promised to be in tune with, and open to, each and every voice of the Anderson student body.
You don’t have to look far to see what makes this place amazing. Everyone knows what makes Anderson special — our culture. As I write this, dozens of classmates are spending precious hours volunteering for A-Days. TED Week will surely be another success, powered by inspirational speakers and volunteers. AAC is putting together an incredible team of student interviewers. And just last week, the new Club Presidents and ASA Cabinet spent their Friday together, learning and strategizing, everyone aligned towards the goal of best representing all Anderson students’ professional, recreational, and identity interests.
Externally, we are at a momentous point in our life cycle. Our school rankings are steadily climbing. Student satisfaction is virtually unmatched. Alumni are becoming increasingly engaged, with regular D48s, DOJs, events and mixers, and now 30 business leaders signed up to attend and judge the Leadership Simulation in May. According to Rob Weiler, our incoming class is shaping up to be our strongest ever, which bodes well for our future success.
Now, what does this mean for us as current students? I believe that as Andersonians we have a duty. We have a duty to uphold the standards of excellence that our institution has become known for. We must take every opportunity to reach out to classmates, include everyone, and always look for ways to help each other. We must instill in each other a sense of pride — a fierce sense of pride, bonded by the Anderson name. Class of 2015, thank you for being excellent examples to us, and allowing us to learn from you. Know that as you go out into the world and accomplish the great things you are destined for, you are shining a light on where you came from and are raising the value of the degree for all of us. Class of 2016, it is just about our time — our time to take the lead, our time to build even more momentum, and our time to pass on what we have learned to what looks to be somehow an even more impressive class than the last. We are all Anderson alums from Day 1, and this is what makes us special.