It is no surprise that Tricia Gaya is one of the names appearing on this year’s SGA ballot. You may have seen her as Snow White in the Chapel Players Production of “Into the Woods,” or just walking around campus, wearing a huge smile. She not only has a beaming personality, but she is an experienced leader, even before college. Having been the president of her high school’s student government, she knows what is necessary to lead a student body. For her senior year at SJC, her goal is to become the Vice President of SGA.
It was a surprise, however, that Tricia did not choose to run for President of SGA, having been involved for so long. She believes that by running alongside Javier Bosque, they will make a better team as close friends and not as competitors, if he is elected President. She says, “Opting to run for VP over President was not an easy decision for me.” With a resume that makes her overqualified to be President of SGA, she believes she is more than capable to handle the responsibilities required of a Vice President.
If you have been to an event in Tuohy Auditorium during Common Hour, Tricia has probably helped with organizing and setting up that event. She is an active participant and leader in many Student Life activities at SJC. Currently serving as the Secretary of SGA, she still manages to have time to be a Student Ambassador, Orientation Leader, Freshman Year Experience Peer Advisor, Level III Student Leader in the Student Leadership Experience Program, and Vice President of Scholarship/Social Coordinator of Alpha Gamma Delta.
As Tricia approaches her senior year, she hopes to finish her college career by leaving a mark on the grounds of SJC. When it comes to creating change at SJC, she says, “Officers can only accomplish as much as the bylaws will allow them. It is important for the student body to keep that in mind.” She hopes to leave as a better leader and a confident, more-experienced student. Tricia is easy to speak and interact with, which makes it possible for her to listen to different opinions and ideas. She says, “I know that I would represent St. Joseph’s College with a positive attitude, and demonstrate spirit, enthusiasm, responsibility, initiative, and leadership.”