Meet the SGA: Marion Brown, Chair of the Judicial Board
Posted July 9, 2012
Before they skipped out for summer vacation, we took some time to get to know the newly elected members of the 2012-13 Student Government Association (SGA). Each week, we will introduce one member and share their thoughts on all things Saint Mary's. This week, Marion Brown, from Raleigh, NC, who will serve as the Chair of the Judicial Board.
Name: Marion Brown
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Boarding/Day: Day Student
SGA Position: Chair of the Judicial Board
What activities have you been consistently or actively involved in at SMS?
Tennis, Judicial Board, National Art Honor Society (Treasurer)
YOUR SMS EXPERIENCE
What is your favorite SMS tradition?
Lighting O’ the Grove (or LOG as we call it at SMS)
What has been your favorite class in the last three years? Why?
My favorite class in the last three years has been my Latin class. It has been so fun to have basically the same group of girls move through the levels of a language with me. We have all become very close with each other as well as with Ms. Olson through the shared academic trials and triumphs that come from being together in the same small class for three years.
What class has been the most challenging class thus far? How did you survive?
The most challenging class for me thus far has been my Honors Pre-Calculus class this year. Math has never been my strongest subject and so the fast pace and varied material of this class was challenging. I survived by continuing to study hard and staying motivated even though it was a struggle at times.
Why did you come to SMS?
I came to SMS because I wanted to be a part of what seemed like an incredibly vibrant community with good academics and a solid foundation of history and traditions. I could tell after my visit to campus that all the faculty and staff at SMS were genuinely interested in the success of each girl which also appealed greatly to me. It also helped that my grandmother was a “Saint Mary’s Girl” who really encouraged me by relaying her fond memories of her time at SMS.
What is your leadership style?
My leadership style is to observe and to listen before I take action. I am a somewhat quiet leader but my time on the Judicial Board has allowed me to grow into an active participant in discussions. I hope to continue my personal growth into the role of an active leader this coming year so I can best serve the SMS community in my role as Chair of the Judicial Board and on SGA.
What are you most looking forward to as a member of SGA?
I am looking forward to being a part of the group that really has the power to set the tone around campus and to be a force that everyone looks up to and respects. I am looking forward to working with all the other members who are really great, funny girls in making sure every girl at Saint Mary’s has a great year filled with good traditions and a positive atmosphere. I am also looking forward to fulfilling my role as J-Board Chair in leading the discussions of the Judicial Board.
What are you most looking forward to as a senior?
I am most looking forward to all of the special privileges and things you get to be a part of as a senior. I can’t wait to be a part of Echo, have off campus lunches, senior day and of course be on the SGA!
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOU
What are your favorite OTG (outside the gates) spots for:
The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA)
What is your favorite movie – new or old?
My favorite old movie would have to be A Cinderella Story with Hillary Duff, but my favorite movie that I have seen recently would be Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
What is usually in your Hulu queue?
Bones, Hart of Dixie and The Finder
What song/album did you most recently purchase on iTunes?
Payphone by Maroon 5
What are you reading now (book, blog, magazine)?
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
ADVICE TO NEW STUDENTS
What advice would you give to a new incoming student?
I would advise new incoming students to do their best to dive head first into life at Saint Mary’s. Don’t be afraid to join new clubs, try new sports and to run for offices. I think that there is a place for all types of girls in the Saint Mary’s community and that the best way to find it is to stick with what you already know you’re good at while still being open to new opportunities and challenges.
What do you wish someone had told you?
I wish someone had told me how fast time seems to fly by at Saint Mary’s and to take advantage of attending every single special tradition like the rave, Lighting O' the Grove, etc.
What do you wish you had done sooner?
I wish that I hadn’t been worried about fitting in at Saint Mary’s when I first came here. Although it takes everyone differing amounts of time to become acclimated to new environments, I wish that I had spent less time feeling stressed and more time just enjoying my time at school.