While the next executive board in the Student Senate anticipates moving in to the Student Activities Office starting June 1, officers Grace Harrison, My’Asia Colon, Fanny Motey and Samantha Bedell are anticipating the future beyond Hudson Valley.
“It completely changed my whole campus experience,” said Harrison about her experience as senate president and student trustee as she awaits graduation.
After graduating on May 16, the senate president will be transferring or starting as a freshman at a four-year institution. At the age of most traditional seniors in high school, Harrison completed high school through Hudson Valley, previously being home schooled for three years, and had spent several years in Waldorf education.
Currently, Harrison has applied to many schools but is looking at one school in particular , Mount Holyoke College a private women’s liberal arts college in South Hadley, Massachusetts from her experience on the senate being on an all-female executive board. “Working on an all-female executive board influenced me to apply to an all women’s college because I had a feel for the type of power and connection that I had with this group of women. I think I could continue that at an all women’s college,” said Harrison who hopes to take on leadership roles at if she attends the liberal-arts college in Massachusetts.
Harrison visited theatre club, choir club and was involved with the Hudsonian before running for senate president last year. “It definitely has encouraged me to reach out to other students that might not know about the clubs we have on campus and the student senate and encourage them to get involved because I know what a difference it made for me,” she said.
Bedell, senate secretary has already chosen to further her education in the same state the senate president has set her eyes on. Next year, she will be attending Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a major in fine arts and a minor in art gallery management. “I don’t like the city very much anymore. I used to love [the city] but I’ve grown out of it. It’s very North Adams. It’s like a tree-version of Troy,” she said.
She has gone from having a hard time starting off at Hudson Valley after graduating from Averill Park high school to becoming freshman class president within a year. “I didn’t know anyone here. All my friends ended up leaving for college in high school and I thought it was a great opportunity to meet some people and get involved on campus and it totally worked. It was exactly what I wanted,” said Bedell. Starting as an individual studies major, she said her experience at Hudson Valley changed when she started taking art classes in her second semester, along with her involvement in the senate.
“I really left here with a great education and amazing friends that I never thought I was going to have here,” Bedell said about her involvement at Hudson Valley.
The Vice President plans to attend Syracuse University or New York University in fall 2016 majoring in political science and minoring in international relations. Both Syracuse and NYU have an Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program with the Air Force which she hopes to become involved in after graduation.
Colon was inspired to join the senate in 2013 by her mother, Venessa Colon, 2002-03 senate vice president. “I saw the change in Hudson Valley ever since I was a little kid and I wanted to be a part of that to get more involved on campus,” said Colon.
“I don’t know how I’m going to leave Ms. Gilbert. I don’t know how I’m going to function without the guidance of Mr. Coplin. I don’t know how I’m going to go without Mr. Ellis saying ‘Hi’ to me in the morning,” said Colon.
Motey is looking to transfer to the University of Maine at Farmington with a $9,000 International student scholarship. She hopes after graduating from the New England school with a political science undergraduate degree, she will start working for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and eventually further her education in law school. Born in Ghana, Motey’s interest in working with immigration stemmed from her own journey from the West African nation to Canada and, eventually to the United States.
Living in three nations over the course of her lifetime, for the past year, she’s made a home for herself in the senate and would not make any changes to her experience. “I don’t believe in having regrets. I just learn from my mistakes,” said Motey.
Similar to Harrison, Motey started working for the Hudsonian prior to running for senate Treasurer last year. “I left because I figured if I were to get into political science, I might as well learn how a government structure works and it was the best fit for me,” she said.