Being involved and being the student voice of a college can be difficult.
But it’s not too difficult for Taylor Zarbano, who recently was elected president of the Student Government Association at South Plains College.
The Student Government Association is the student voice in academic, cultural, and social affairs of the college.
“The purpose of the Student Government is to be the voice of the student body, serve as a model government and to foster leadership development,” says Ann Epps, director of student life at SPC.
The SGA elections were held on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 in the Student Center. Elections will be held again sometime in April.
Elected as vice president is Holley Shearer, while Andrew Palomin, was elected as secretary. Grant Dewbre was elected as treasurer, while Celina Martin was elected as parliamentarian, Andrew Skipton elected as public relations, and Mandy Gage was elected as historian.
Zarbano explains she loves being a leader, and she’s very passionate about leading people and being helpful.
“I really like leadership, and I attended several leadership conferences that made me want to put those skills into practice,” explains Zarbano. “I feel that God has given me the ability to lead. I feel very passionate about leading, and I’m very passionate about seeing good changes in school.”
Zarbano says she feels that being a leader is all about being confident and being involved with the student body.
“I think being a leader isn’t a follower,” Zarbano explains. “A leader is being confident no matter what you’re doing, if what you’re doing is right. I feel that being president is a team effort. I ran for president knowing that I wanted to be involved. I love people, so I wanted to get involved with people, and I also want to make changes for them…I want to serve. I think leadership is serving, and I thought what better way to serve students than be president. So that way if they need anything, they can come to me, and then I can go forth with that issue and discuss it with the team, and to the best of my ability get that changed, whatever they may be.”
Zarbano says she was excited when she got the news about being elected president. She recalls one of her friends calling her when she was doing homework.
“One of my good friends, Jaycee, called me,” Zarbano recalls. “I asked her, ‘Aren’t you at cheer practice?’ and she said, ‘yeah, I just wanted to call and tell you that you got president.’ I flipped out on the phone, and I was so excited. I told my grandparents that I won, and they were really proud of me.”
Epps said she believes even though elections were late, she was very pleased with how the elections went.
“All of the candidates were excited to present their message to the students and are ready to make changes around campus,” Epps explains. “Now that the student government officers are in place, I think that they will improve SPC, because they will be an active voice for the students by serving as an advocate for student issues and presenting student perspectives to campus administration. Their mission is to always be in search of ways to create a better campus for both current and future students.”