We all know Scooby Doo for a few memorable lines, but one of the
less memorable lines that was said in the television show was,
"There is a fine line between crazy and insane. I passed that line
years ago." A lot of people can relate to those words, especially
Drew Bloomquist, who has jumped miles beyond that point this year at
Northern Illinois University (NIU). Drew has passed this line for
all of the right reasons, and despite the toll it has taken on him,
he will say it was worth it every time. |
Drew has been very active in his time here at NIU, especially in the
month of July. He served as the Programming Coordinator on the
Residence Hall Association (RHA) Executive Board this past year.
Aside from this, he is involved with organizations in his major and
currently serves as a Summer Conference Assistant in the Residence
Halls. Drew also takes summer classes, but this never will stop him
from keeping a positive attitude and helping others out when they
need it. Through his words and actions, Drew demonstrates what it
means to be a leader on campus.
As a Summer Conference Assistant Drew has to deal with a variety of
things, including staffing Residence Hall desks to helping camps
check into the Halls. This can be an easy task or a nightmare
depending on the day. A lot of roles have changed in this position
over the summer and a lack of supervision and training has made this
position difficult for Drew and others. This has not stopped him
from working to help others and make the best out of the job. He is
always one of the first people to offer advice, take shifts or aid
others when they need it. This month especially has seen many issues
because of the things noted before, but Drew has never stopped
stepping up and dealing with issues as they arise.
Another thing that Drew has done is worked to plan RHA's annual
event, Block Party. The Programming Coordinator (PC) normally plans
this months in advance and hands it off over the summer to the next
one, but the old PC stepped down leaving all his hard work to be
forgotten. This did not stop him as we helped with the appointment
of a new PC this month, as well as introducing him to the position
and continuing to plan Block Party. Despite the many issues that
continued to arise, Drew pushed through and is on the way to
planning a very successful program.
I have personally known Drew since I came to NIU and I have worked
with him in both capacities mentioned above. Despite being off the
board, he has by far excelled in his position. There are no words to
explain what he has done for these organizations, myself and others.
Although he may be graduating next semester, he will never be
forgotten because of what he has done at NIU and everything that he
will do after.
So yes, Drew may be insane, and a little crazy at times, but he is
insane in every way that makes him a better person. He is kind,
caring and dedicated to the work that he does, and because of this,
he has made a huge impact here on campus, not only this month, but
in his time here. NIU would be a much different place without him
and for that he deserves to be recognized. This is why I submit this
Of the Month in honor of Drew for the month of July 2017.
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