By Kelly Ohlrich
Due to the upcoming run-off election, I believe the student body needs to be better informed about the positions they are voting for. As current Secretary of Finance for Student Commission, I feel that I can accurately tell you who is needed for this very demanding full-time job.
Being the Secretary of Finance requires a great deal of energy, patience, and humility. This person is not only in charge of managing over $112,000 of your money, but also constantly works with student organizations to make sure their events can run smoothly. From registration to reimbursement, the Secretary of Finance is your advocate for accessing Student Activities Fee money. Just as this position is extremely important, so is your decision in this Thursday’s election.
To start, this position requires constant and instant replies to emails – always. You can never be late, forget, or skip a meeting, and exceptional organization is needed to balance things smoothly. You must have excellent time management skills, as there is little time to study because you will inevitably put your job and fellow students first. This is not a resume booster. It requires constant dedication and persistence, and a real and deep desire to help your fellow students. Students need a Secretary of Finance who is so proactive that they have already made it a priority and started the job as a commissioner. They must already know what they are doing and have a plan in place for next year. They have even already called the bank personally to finally figure out how to get student organizations debit cards.
I have certainly not been perfect in this position. However, after four quarters, I know what it takes to do this job well and believe that I have done the best I can. This is your money on the line: which candidate will you trust with this responsibility? Take a look at the one who has really been campaigning and reaching out to students – the choice should be clear.
Kelly Ohlrich ’14 is the Secretary of Finance for the Student Commission.