By Alli Mancini
Being a leader on campus means, for many, being held to a higher expectation and setting a great example for incoming students.
Sydney Parks is a second-year student in the 3.0 program. Parks is not only captain of the cross-country team but also takes on a more important role as a resident assistant. In this role, Parks is responsible for assisting the students who live in her hall around the clock.
“As a [resident assistant], it’s my job to be a mentor for my residents and also to meet the Lynn community guidelines,” said Parks. “As for being captain, I make sure the freshmen on the team are on top of their academics, staying healthy and making smart decisions.”
Sometimes Parks finds it difficult to handle both roles without finding time for herself. She is not only caring for over thirty residents but is also leading a team of 15 individuals who look up to her and a large workload due to the accelerated program.
Although the various positions can cause stress, Parks knows that there is not one moment that she cannot take the jobs seriously.
Having a lead role in a sorority or fraternity means taking on a lot of hard work. Savanna Morrisette is a third-year student from the U.S. Virgin Islands and the president of Tri-Sigma.
Within this role, Morisette has several duties she must take on to do her job adequately. When Morrisette joined Tri-Sigma her freshman year, she had no idea what to expect because she is a long way from home and had never experienced anything like it before.
“School always comes first, but Tri-Sigma is a priority of mine. I have 28 girls looking up to me and it is important to uphold my position,” explained Morrisette. “It is difficult balancing school, a social life and my commitment to Sigma, but I would never resign from my position.”
Morrisette runs the weekly chapter meetings, oversees the other eight officers and 13 chairmen and makes sure sorority-related events run smoothly. The sorority is about empowering and making all women feel comfortable.
The Students Activities Board (SAB) runs events on and off campus and is one of the largest organizations at Lynn. Daniel Ofori, a second-year student in the 3.0 program and the president of SAB takes this role very seriously.
“I love my job on campus because it allows me to get in touch with the student body and relate to each student on a personal level,” said Ofori. “It is a challenge that I want to make sure I am capable of achieving because in high school I was not as involved as I am now.”
Being a leader can be overwhelming at times because of all the roles, duties and tasks one must take on, but these Fighting Knights demonstrate the Lynn motto of spirit, service and strength.