A short summer.

During our Summer II Senate on August 14th, I gave an address that served as a homage to truly the best time of year -- the summer. 

As my friends will tell you I fricken love summer. I grew up in New Jersey where summer months were characterized by long nights, long run, and spending every possible moment outside in the sun. 

So, as I began to think about my address, I knew it had to be about summer. Here's what I said: 

"To me, summer represents three things: growth, relaxation, and building community. This year, those three things took new meaning to me as I approached my role in SGA. 

I'm happy to say I saw a lot of growth this summer for our organization. We partnered with new student groups. We started communicating with campus centers 1:1 for the first time. And our membership grew. I know this is only the beginning. 

This summer, we built community. We started work on our fall initiative, finding a cause worth students unifying behind. We started work on our Budget Priorities Survey, reaching out to new communities to get their feedback on the process. We met with the Young Alumni Board to collaborate with our Alumni community. 

Though this summer was productive, I did find some time for the last bit of summer -- relaxation. I had an incredible time planning our cabinet retreat. I'm proud of our team and what they have accomplished in just these few short months. 

I ask you all to do the same -- think about your last few weeks of summer. Take time to grow, build community, and relax. There's a lot to be excited about this year."

Happy end of summer Huskies -- this usually bittersweet time for me, is a lot sweeter for me this year -- after all, I've got the best job in the world to look forward to.