Adam Day has gone from the silo to senior class president, working for change in the senate stemming from a history of community service.
“The goal was to try and understand more about what goes on around campus, learn about different clubs and check in with what projects or activities that they’re doing, possibly come up with crossovers and new fundraising ideas so that we can make less money go further,” Day said.
Day has brought many changes to the campus, including the All Clubs Meeting, where representatives from each club on campus gather for an hour to meet the senate members and other club representatives.
Another change that Day made, along with a couple other senate members, was improving the student pantry on campus. “Now we’re seeing about 50 people a month that come to the pantry, roughly 17 people a week, and we’re pleased with that. We would like to thank the clubs and faculty that got involved with donations, because it goes a long way,” said Day, who hopes that the pantry will grow even more and is proposing new health and nutritional ideas to improve its quality.
Day hopes that more students will get involved in campus activities. “I think the biggest thing with community college is that it has the word ‘community’ right in it. It’s not just a college with a closed-circle fence around the outside, we’re connected to the outside and community,” he said, saying that he admires the community outreach efforts of clubs like the BLSU and Circle K.
Day first learned about the Student Senate in his English class from Casey Angello and Jordan Neves, but has involved in politics in middle school and high school being the president of his junior and senior class, as well as president of his the Ichabod Crane National Honor Society. Day was also the Senior Patrol Leader for his Boy Scout troop and made it all the way to Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the program. “I really take pride in that,” said Day.
Day grew up in Stockport, New York, on Day Road, which was named by his ancestors who came over from Ireland to settle in rural Columbia County. He even a started a pheasant farm when he was younger. For seven years, he raised around 150 pheasants per year. “I would get up early in the morning before school to feed them, go to school, then come home to feed them again and clean the coop,” he said.
Currently, Day works at Dutch Hollow Farm in Schodack Landing, where they milk around 630 Jersey cows, three times a day. “I’ve had a deeper appreciation for a lot of things. I’ve been there at one in the morning when a calf is being born and three in the afternoon when a cow dies,” said Day.
Although cows have been a large part, he hopes Buffalo will be a part of his future. Day plans on graduating in August and transferring to the University at Buffalo for civil engineering. “I’ve always liked construction and bridges, and trains and all that stuff. I think any engineering is awesome, but I just see a calling in that,” Day said.
Day decided to pursue engineering and became interested in Hudson Valley when his parents brought him to campus to attend an ‘Engineering Night’ event, where he learned more about the field of engineering. “I thought that I wanted to be an architect for a while, but it was a little too artsy for me,” he said.
While taking engineering classes at Hudson Valley, he learned how to approach problems in a whole different way than he used to. “I like to see a problem and try to fix it. I love thinking abstractly.” said Day.
Day shared his experiences on how coming to Hudson Valley has changed him. “We really don’t have many minorities where I’m from; it’s mostly a white community. I’ve learned a lot from the atmosphere here. I like to go around and find out more about other people’s points of views and see how they feel about a subject. I have a lot of friends from the BLSU and other clubs on campus. I’ve also gained a lot of friends that I think I’ll have forever,” he said.