Welcoming students during the Fall 2017 Orientation, President of the Student Government Association (SGA) Idris Mamman assured students that they will begin to feel that AUN is their new home.
Four years ago, when Mr. Mamman came to AUN, he simply intended to get his degree and leave. He had no thought of getting involved in a leadership development organization such as the SGA. “Today, I’m glad to have realized the potential that AUN has exposed me to. I am now fully equipped to chart a career for my future.”
Telling his AUN story to the new students and parents at the August 17 Welcome Session, Mr. Mamman said he was nonchalant in his first year. “Truly, AUN has played a huge role in shaping me into the young man who stands before you today… The abilities, skills and tools given to me by AUN will enable me live a positive, fulfilling life, and be the change I wish to see in the world.”
The opportunities at AUN are here for everybody. “I therefore urge you to step out of your comfort zone, and actively take advantage of these numerous opportunities that AUN will send your way. One of them is the opportunity to grow in a diverse community. Here at AUN you will meet people from different cultures, backgrounds, and faiths.”
Whether it is in any of the student residences that are living/learning environments or you are engaging with professors during their office hours, the AUN experience is awesome, an incredible one, he told his audience.
“In the next few days, weeks, months, and years ahead, AUN will introduce you to a new world, a world of interaction with interesting public figures, and interesting guest speakers; a world that takes us from nonchalance towards our environment to active community service individuals advocating positive change; a world that takes us from just being students to having a holistic education that can make us world-class professionals.”
SGA, he continued, was created to be a voice that speaks to the university administration on behalf of the students. “The SGA ensures that you are fully represented and that will create a loud clear voice that speaks for and promotes the interests of students. We also hold the mandate of working with the university administration for the students.”
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa