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A Balance of Power and Peaches – Tori Getchell

As some of you may know, I am the University of Jamestown Student Body President. This position had been on my list of goals since the spring of my freshman year. I’ve learned to play many roles during my three years in Senate. Originally, I was just someone who showed up to the meetings and didn’t contribute much. To be completely honest, I felt as though Senate was unimportant and just a club to put on my resume. It wasn’t until Bailey Nickoloff (class of 2016) had a few talks with me that I finally understood the significance of Senate.

Once I started to care, things changed. I began to engage in the meetings and volunteer for things put on by Senate outside of the meetings. I felt like I had a purpose – and I was addicted to expanding that purpose. My objective was to try to right the wrongs that occurred at our school. I saw myself as the student vigilante on campus when instances arose that didn’t agree with my moral compass.

In the beginning…
I tried to do everything myself. I quickly realized a person can accomplish virtually nothing without the help and guidance of others. Being the stubborn person I am, I wasn’t made aware of this fact until my third year of Senate when I was elected the Parliamentarian. I naturally have a tough demeanor, and many people think that I am intimidating or scary. This thinking is mostly attributed to my attempts of getting things done by pure force. Previously, I always thought that the only way to get your point across was to keep pushing it forward until it was not only acknowledged, but accepted.

Becoming Parliamentarian taught me to work with people in a more intimate way than I was accustomed to. I realized that working with other people towards one common goal is a much more effective way to accomplish things rather than my usual hammer-to-nail approach.

Working my way up to this position…
I’ve learned many important things. I’ve learned to handle every situation as if you are picking peaches. If you go up to the peach tree and shake it (do something fast rather than right), you will be sorry because you just wasted all of those peaches by acting on a moment of impulse (wasting good ideas because you wanted immediate results).

If you pick all the peaches by yourself (don’t share any of the responsibility), they will go rotten before you can even use them (nothing will get done because you have too much to do). If you grab the peaches too hard (force ideas on people), they will bruise, and nobody likes bruised peaches (not respond well to your approach).

You must pick the peaches at the height of the season (bring matters forward when the time is right and ideas are developed). You must pick them gently and not take more than you need (have finesse in your approach and let others have a hand in accomplishing a goal). Remember that fantastic pie, which you made with those peaches, is large and deserves to be shared with those that helped you make it.

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Posted:September 23, 2016

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