Written by Tamyia King ’18
I don’t even know where to begin! I finally applied to be President for the Day, and it happened. I have to say, I was so surprised, but I was so excited to walk in the shoes of President Susan Engelkemeyer for the day. I didn’t know what my day was going to look like, but I knew April 4th would be one for the books.
My day started at 8:30am and went until 4:30pm. At 9:00am, I presented my top three priorities of the College to President’s Council (PC). The first being our women to men ratio, second was the retention rate, and lastly was overall awareness. The best part was the Kahoot (a game-based learning platform) I created which brought out their competitive side.
Throughout the day, there were meetings scheduled with PC members that focused on Enrollment/Retention, Alumni/ Advancement, Finance, and Graduate & Professional Studies. What a dynamic set of individuals! It was amazing to learn about all the hard work that is done on our campus day in and day out. I must say, Mike Stanton, Executive Vice President for Administration, is the funniest person I know on campus. Why haven’t I met him sooner?
After an informative morning, I called several alumni and thanked them for their generous donations to the College. I had lunch with five of my friends and ended the day with office hours and a conference call with Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Tom Hall. We recapped my day and talked about my three top priorities and the meetings and phone calls that had taken place.
In the end, I can say I am truly humbled and honored for being given this opportunity. I learned so much about Nichols, met some amazing individuals, and created relationships that will carry on after my time is up on the Hill.
While I was exhausted at the end of the day; this experience was one that will forever be cherished!