A Home Called UPB

There is energy on this campus, unlike anywhere else.  Maybe it is how genuine each person you come in contact with is, or maybe, that at any point in time; there is somewhere worthwhile to be.  Whether it is savoring coffee at Taylor Down Under with a friend or attending a concert at Wilson, I am constantly stimulated.  For that, I am so thankful.

I knew with it being my senior year I had to invest in something, something that aligned with what I believed in. I feel that each student deserves worthwhile events on campus that offer new perspectives and develop a deeper understanding of oneself and the world, all in hopes of enhancing their own college experience.  Ultimately, I was looking for a way to give back to this community that has given so much to me. I needed a way to express how grateful I am for how much I have grown these past four years and for knowing I will leave with beautiful memories.  After careful consideration I knew where my heart was being called, the University Program Board.

I have served as the VP of New Membership Development, a title quite fitting as I too am a new member.  UPB has been a part of my college experience since the moment I stepped onto campus, yet I had not fully been a part of it until now.  This semester I had the privilege of working with fifty amazing individuals new to the organization. Each of them was unique in their gifts and abilities, yet they were unified by the fact that they sought an opportunity to serve our student body through creating memorable events.  As cliché as it may sound, while my position entailed teaching them of all UPB does and hopes to accomplish, they in turn provided me with new, refreshing perspectives.  Most importantly, they reminded me of why I should appreciate each day I have here at James Madison. This university is a place encouraging of authenticity and creativity, a place where no matter who you are, there is somewhere your heart can invest in its greatest passions.

This was our first trial with P.I.T. Crew and I have to say it went wonderfully.  It wouldn’t have been possible without the new members enthusiasm.  Thank you, for making my first semester a part of UPB one that will always make me smile.

– Maeve