Elmhurst University is home to over 100 student-led clubs and organizations. Student life is an exciting contribution to the EU experience for a multitude of reasons, from finding one’s campus family to stepping out of one’s comfort zone. Apart from building community on campus, student organizations are great opportunities for student leadership.
The President of EU’s Student Government Association (SGA) Daizja Hollman, a current junior, says that her involvement on campus has provided her with a greater perspective. Hollman began her journey with SGA last year, starting as the Senator of Student Affairs in the fall semester of 2021.
Hollman first heard about SGA through her on-campus job in the Office of Student Involvement (OSI). OSI provides opportunities for students to branch out and get involved within the campus community.
“Post [COVID-19], getting involved in anything was super hard, and [I] didn’t know what was on campus,” Hollman said.
Despite these initial challenges, Hollman earned her place as president by dedicating her time to meetings and various events held by SGA. Through her time in SGA Hollman now understands exactly what Elmhurst University has to offer, gaining knowledge on all student organizations and how they work. Hollman’s tips for becoming a student leader are simple yet effective.
“To earn a leadership role, you really have to exemplify what it means to be a Bluejay,” said Hollman. “If you really want a leadership role, it will come to you. If you are putting in the work to earn it, it will come to you.”
For any new students who may be interested in becoming a student leader, Hollman emphasized the benefit of being on a smaller campus.
“Voicing your opinions will help at a small school,” Hollman said. “Speak to the right people and your voice will be heard.”
Although student life can be a rewarding part of the college experience, Hollman also admits that balancing the work she does for SGA and her classes can be difficult at times.
“There’s a lot of pressure when it comes to balancing student life and dedication to academics,” Hollman said. “Sometimes I think ‘Maybe I should put SGA first’ but then remind myself that I can’t do that.”
Hollman continued by saying, “It’s not easy but it comes with being a student leader. Putting yourself first is the most important thing.”
Hollman will serve as the SGA President for the 2022-2023 school year. Hollman was elected by her peers at SGA and the Elmhurst University community.