Letter From the 2018-2019 SGA President

Caroline ThomasOn behalf of the Student Government Association, I am so excited to welcome you to our community! We cannot wait to greet you on campus this fall. I am so glad that you have chosen Sweet Briar College as your home away from home, and I hope to get to know each of you this upcoming year.

Sweet Briar has allowed me to grow as a leader and as a follower. I am surrounded by independent, strong, productive and fierce women. I know SBC will push you to new limits of knowledge and leadership, as it has for me.

To all our new students coming in — transfers, Turning Points and traditional first-years — here are three pieces of advice as you begin your journey at Sweet Briar:

Explore Campus

Not only do we have 3,250 acres of land and 18 miles of trails to explore, but we have many clubs and organizations you may be interested in joining! Get your best pair of hiking shoes on and go out with the Outdoor Program. Don’t be afraid to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and join a club or two, run for an elected position or find a work-study position.

Interact with Faculty and Staff

Sweet Briar is a place built to help you succeed as a student. If you see President Woo or Dean Thom-Kaley sitting at a table, go eat lunch with them. If you see your new business professor of your engineering professor in the Quad, start a conversation! Discussion-based classes are what we pride ourselves on, so don’t be afraid to speak up!

Participate in Traditions

Sweet Briar has many traditions over the course of the school year — from Founders’ Day to Step Singing to the rock-and-hitching-post paint fight. Join your classmates and the upperclasswomen at these events. It’s a great way to show your school spirit. Be prepared to buy two class shirts so you can get paint all over one during the rock-and-hitching-post paint fight. Bring a white dress or two for the Founders’ Day walk and Lantern Bearing in the spring.

I am so excited to spend my last year with an amazing group of women. I want to hear from each and every one of you this year, so please do not hesitate to reach out! You can find me in the Office of Student Life in Room 210 or email me at thomas19@sbc.edu with any questions, thoughts, ideas or concerns!

Have a wonderful summer!

Caroline Thomas ’19