Brian Fung and John Kalin, Sophomore Class President
We are Brian Fung and John Kalin, and we have nothing to hide. Just ask us anything. John still sucks his thumb at night and Brian still sleeps with a teddy bear. Back in August we were all nervous about what college life would be like. Would we fit in? Would we be liked? Would people think we we’re weird because we still watch SpongeBob religiously?
After one week, we both learned that staying true to yourself in a new community where you are trying to find your place can be very challenging. We all build walls to hide some things, for fear of judgment from others. After realizing this, we decided to let those walls come down to make the most out of our college experience.
This choice proved to be a fruitful one, as we became involved in everything that made us smile. We are simply trying to make the most out of our liberal arts education: putting our academics first in the economics, government and philosophy departments; being involved in athletics such as basketball, track and ping-pong; participating in the debate team, Colby Students Investment Association, and Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK) and finding our artsy side through the theatre and dance department and singing in Chorale and Broadway Music Review (BMR).
We are not trying to say that everyone else is hiding something, but rather we think that with more awesome class events we can all get to know each other more and be more comfortable in our own skin around our fellow peers, who will be there with us as we continue on our journey to graduation and beyond.
The Student Government Association (SGA) constitution states that the sophomore class presidents are specifically, “responsible for planning one class dinner per semester and creating the Sophomore Class Council.” This is not an overwhelming requirement, yet with the goals we have set for next year, we plan to go above and beyond this requirement, doing whatever we can to create a college environment where people can not only be comfortable, but discover new things about themselves.
It is our job to moderate the interactions among our class, as well as among the different classes and the administration. Currently, as you probably are aware, there is a motion in the SGA to get rid of the reading period before exams. Should seniors who will not be affected by this decision be allowed to vote, or should students who are most affected – the class of 2014 – be given their chance to voice their opinion?
We believe our responsibility lies not only in creating class event, but also in representing our class and to ensure that your opinion – our opinion – does not go unheard.
We believe in hiding nothing among the members of the class of 2014 and we will always be open to ideas from people of every background. We welcome emails, Facebook messages or any form of communication that can get your ideas to us.