(Photo courtesy of One Michigan Coalition's Facebook)
(Photo courtesy of One Michigan Coalition’s Facebook)

By DENNIS LIENHARDT, Student Government President

While we are all counting down the days until summer begins, for many students including myself, this also means the end of our UM-Dearborn career. Graduation can be an exciting time for students, but it is also a time to think about just how different our lives will be in just a few short weeks.

While I am excited to graduate, I am also slowly coming to the realization that I will not have the opportunity to see my fellow students every day. While the five years on campus have transformed me into the person I am today, this goes further than the classes I have taken, the professors I’ve had the pleasure of learning from, and the time spent studying. The student life at UM-D and the people I have met from getting involved has helped me to become a better student and a better person.

I have had the pleasure of serving as Student Government President this year. While it was a rewarding experience to work on issues that matter to students, the real enjoyment I had was the opportunity to meet and work with so many dedicated individuals. As a member of Student Government, I witnessed on a daily basis the amount of time and effort over 50 students put into solving student problems. I am honored to have worked with all of them and consider them not only fellow students, but great friends. But it is not just Student Government that is committed to making change on campus. Students involved in dozens of organizations have put forth an amazing amount of time and energy this year into putting on great events and making campus the place it is today.

It saddens me to think that in a few short weeks I will no longer walk through the front doors of the University Center expecting to see friendly faces, busy students planning their events, or laughter emanating from every corner of the second floor. The student organizations and events are more than just hobbies to many students; it is their life. While I will miss all of the friends I have met here, I have confidence that our friendships continue as alumni. Every student at UM-D has the tools to succeed and make a difference after graduation and I look forward to using the knowledge and experiences I have gained to make an impact in the future. I want to sincerely thank all of my professors, staff, and the Administration for all of their help this year. But most of all, I want to thank every student on campus. Whether we have met in the past or not, the intelligence, work ethic, and leadership exhibited by our student body has truly inspired me to work harder and become a better student.