Deborah Akinwunmi: Freshman Class of 2014 President

Deborah and the rest of the freshmen class officers with SGA members on the night of election results

My time here at Marist has been quite the experience thus far. I don’t think I ever thought that I would be where I am now, but I suppose that life just surprises you that way.

I remember my drive to Marist and being so nervous as I moved in on the 25th of August for music camp. Being in the midst of Singers and hearing the powerful and moving blend of harmonies as we sang Baba Ye Tu, was something that I had never experienced before. Being in the midst of Freshmen women’s choir was such a joy. The girls are so funny, crazy, and sweet and they were my first real friends here at Marist. I am so happy that I met them.

With all of these new experiences and even the start of classes I still never assumed that one day I could have the honor of being Freshmen Class President of 2014. I can recall sitting in the SGA meeting where they were recruiting Freshmen for offices, and thinking to myself that I must be crazy for thinking that I could win. I was so scared about doing this, but then I spoke to the Student Body President Matt Lubrano, and the Secretary Chris Traina about all of my feelings of anxiety and they encouraged me to just try and see what happens. So I did. I told my roommate and my friends and together they started a “Deb committee”. They made posters and helped write my name and my Vice President’s name on candy. They were supportive throughout the entire campaign. I even had honorary members who went with me from door to door telling people to vote for me.

Deborah with her roommate

My friends here at Marist helped me SO much, and I thank God that they were all there for me. I read my speech to them and they all gave me great feedback. However, the exhilarating night was definitely hearing my name announced as Freshmen Class President of 2014!!! I was overwhelmed, happy and excited all at the same time! I didn’t even know what to do with myself. All of my hard work and campaigning paid off! It was comforting to have the current SGA members be extremely welcoming of me into their family. They are all such wonderful people. I am just so grateful to everyone that helped me and voted for me, and I am so happy that I was able to do all of this here at Marist College!

-Deborah Akinwunmi

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