By VINNY CRAIG, Guest Reporter
Many presidents of many organizations have come and gone from this campus, but none have a bigger impact on everyday life here at the University of Michigan-Dearborn than the president of student government.
Currently, this position is held by senior Bradley Pischea who has spent the last four years studying criminal justice and political science here at UM-Dearborn. A graduating senior in May, Pischea will be able to walk across the stage at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor as someone who has made a difference as a student, person and president.
Everyone starts at the same point when getting into a college setting. Freedom is a right that you must use wisely and academics become more important than they ever have been in your life. Many can’t handle the pressure, workload and tight schedules needed to be a commuting college student. Pischea has made a success out of college.
“I advise students to do everything you can to keep up on your academic work while getting involved with internships and student organizations,” Pischea said.
While many of us are thinking about classes next semester, Pischea has to think beyond that with his last semester on campus coming to a close in just a couple of weeks.
“I see myself getting more involved in politics. Things will start to become more clear soon, but I want to work as a consultant,” Pischea said.
Pischea has done several things during his time as the student government president. While he will likely be at a job somewhere in October, students will be seeing his mark after he’s already left, as the addition of a fall break to next year’s academic calendar will be benefited by his soon to be former colleagues. He also was able to introduce and help plan a speech for former presidential candidate Martin O’Malley.
“He called me Fred. He went up on the stage and thanked the president of the Student Government, Fred!” Pischea said.
Recently, Pischea was able to be on Channel 7 WXYZ for the election of the Michigan primary.
“It was thrilling being on Channel 7, especially because we went on just after the announcement was made about who had won Michigan,” Pischea said.
With his successor being voted in the next couple of days, Pischea doesn’t hope his shoes are filled nicely.
“[I hope they] continue finding new and creative ways to engage students in the political process.”