Friday, September 04, 2015
Leadership lived: Student gets a taste of political life as SGA President
Josh Lawson wants to be a lawyer and possibly run for political office one day. At the University of Illinois Springfield, the Legal Studies major is getting a taste of political life as the President of the Student Government Association (SGA).
“I decided to run for Student Government President because I really wanted to help out the students. I’ve found this is the best way to do that,” he said.
As SGA President, he runs regularly scheduled meetings and organizes town hall forums where students can express their concerns about campus issues.
“It’s important to have these sorts of meetings because it develops a relationship between the Student Government Association and the students,” he said. “It makes the students aware of who their student government leaders are, so if they have an issue they know what to do.”
Lawson is also president of the Mock Trial team, a member of the Model Illinois Government Moot Court, the Tau Sigma Honor Society and the Pre-Law Society. He also serves his country as a Sergeant in the Illinois Army National Guard.
“UIS has really taught me a lot about leadership,” he said. “The SGA as a whole goes to a leadership conference every year in St. Louis and they really develop and hone in on your leadership skills.”
Lawson says he’s found it easier to get involved at UIS because of the size of the campus.
“I feel that getting involved in Student Government has been a lot easier here at UIS than it would be at other universities, given the small size of the campus,” he said.
Following graduation, he plans to apply to law school. He knows the opportunities he’s received at UIS will benefit him in his future career.
“At the very least, it will definitely help with the leadership skills,” he said.