Letter From the 2017-2018 SGA President

Welcome to Sweet Briar College!

Marina BielOn behalf of the Student Government Association, we are so excited you have joined the Vixen family! I can’t wait to get to know each and every one of you. After all, we each chose Sweet Briar College for a special reason, and that in itself bonds us in a way only Vixens can understand.

I know I would not have ended up where I am today if it weren’t for Sweet Briar. The faculty have taught me how to truly “think outside the box,” the staff have never failed in extending an incredible amount of support, and my fellow students have encouraged exploration and adventure. So, I hope you take advantage of all the opportunities Sweet Briar has to offer; take that religion class, go on that rock climbing trip, run for a Student Government Association position. As soon as I think I’ve run out of new adventures, I find something else I want to say “yes” to. At times, I’ve even jumped out of my comfort zone, usually ending up wondering why I was so intimidated in the first place. I also encourage you to start connecting with the community upon your arrival. Get to know those in your residence hall, in your classes, in the dining hall, and build relationships with the faculty and staff. Yes — they really do want to get to know you! They are invested in your future and want to see you succeed. If you ask any alumnae, they can tell you these connections will be there for you long after you graduate.

One of the Student Government Association’s goals is to help students stay involved on and off campus. Whether you like comics, chemistry, kayaking or cooking, you’ll be able to find a club that fits you. Another goal is to make sure Sweet Briar College is an inclusive and cohesive environment. If for some reason you feel at all lost academically, emotionally, physically or socially in your time at Sweet Briar, be sure to reach out to one of the student leaders on campus to help with your transition. Just remember — we were all once first-years moving onto Sweet Briar’s beautiful campus. Most of us have accumulated tricks to help with homesickness and transitions, so please let us help!

If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please don’t hesitate to email me at biel18@sbc.edu. I am looking forward to meeting everyone in August!

Best,

Marina Biel ’18