The first year for students can be overwhelming and they can find it difficult to adjust to change. However, for
Saige Roberts, that was not even the case. Saige had flourished in the Appalachian State Community and has involved
herself in Hall Council and was even blessed to receive a job offer as an RA for the 2016-2017 year. All while
doing this, she has excelled in her classes, never letting her extra activities keep her from the chancellor's list
in her Fall Semester. |
I first met Saige when we came together for White Hall Council. Starting out as a Vice President, she did an
excellent job of creating a welcoming environment and communicating with the executive board and the general body.
She brought creative ideas to the table and always gave it her best. Her hard work and dedication to Hall Council
and its programs was invigorating. It was not too long after that Saige became the President of Hall Council, and
has taken her leadership skills to an even higher level. They say leaders are not born, but I would beg to differ
with Saige, as it seems to be her natural inclination is to lead people above and beyond their own potential.
In March alone, Saige helped Hall Council plan and produce several programs that were both passive and fun. The
White Hall Game Night was a wonderful success among the residents in the hall, who were allowed to come together
more than they ever had through the year with a multitude of video games, board games and much more. Saige also
assisted and helped with a passive program called the Hopeful Garden, which was a bulletin board in which residents
could write what they were hopeful for in the Spring Semester. Once again, this program was also a wonderful
success. It was placed just inside the lobby of White hall, were all residents and visiting parents could see and
read all the wonderful and inspirational things that the residents had to write.
While Saige has been able to elevate Hall Council in ways that I have never seen, she has also been able to keep
her grades up and be active in her community. She is just as dedicated to her academics as she is to her
extracurricular activities. I have no doubt that next year she will make a rock star Resident Assistant. There is
not a day that goes by that you will not see her out and about and most definitely when she sees you, you will
receive a warm welcome and a smile.
Many students struggle to find their place here in their first semesters, but I believe Saige is an example to be
followed. She has not overwhelmed herself, but she has found that perfect balance of community involvement and
social life that works well with her academics. I think what I might admire the most about her first year here is
that she has never let her faith waiver as she takes on these takes in her daily life. She constantly refers back
to her faith as the center of her strength and that in itself is something to admire.
I am excited to see Saige continue to flourish and add to the Appalachian Family as she moves into her second and
third years. I have no doubt in my mind that she will be an Appalachian Family member that no one will ever be able
to forget because of her charisma, her dedication and her infectious way in making other people happy and welcomed
when she is around.
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