Meet Your New Student Council President

Meet Your New Student Council President
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Congratulations to “Kat” Jesse Hall, our new Student Council President!  We asked Kat to tell us a little more about himself and his plans for the upcoming semester.  Greetings MMI students and faculty, It is with great honor and pleasure that I will be taking the role of Student Council President. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself and why student council is important to me. I’ll warn you that my previous history to going to school is a little mixed in nature but I assure you it has a point and a happy ending.

Before I get into my school time here, I would like to talk for just a moment about who I was before I came here. All my life I have been all about music, sound, and to some extent art. I will be completely honest with you. I flunked out of high school. This was a direct result of me not fitting in with the other students or with the teacher’s idea of who or what I should be. What I want to express in telling you this is how big of a difference the environment here is to that. Since coming here I have flourished like I never have before. This school was made for us. This is a place where many students that have never gotten the chance before to really learn and grow, and not only as the media geeks we all are but as people as well. That’s one of the reasons I helped start student council to even further this. To gain a better sense of community and to give people a sense of belonging and being part of something to people that might not ever had that. I want to give something back and help other people to open up and grow like what this school has done for me. I wanted to go to school here ever since I was 16. I am now 35, old enough by law to be the real president, but life gets in the way sometimes.  I moved out on my own and started working factory jobs when I was 17. Life had its ups and downs but I managed to get my HSED with high honors. I eventually bought a store with living quarters in the back and started putting together a studio and jewelry store. In 2005 my life changed forever. I lost everything including my best friend in a house fire. That was the beginning of a dark time in my life. A few years after that my health started getting really bad and I eventually had to stop working. After a lot of doctors and struggles I got better, but at this point my life had been basically broke to nothing. You might wonder why I am telling you all this, but I feel it is important as to why I am here. I am here to take my life back. I am here to get back everything that has been taken from me. Not the physical things, the things inside of me I lost. This school has given me so much and I just want to give something back. I want to help this school to continue to do that for others like it did for me. Lets talk about the present and future. I started school here in the fall of 2013 in the REC program for an associate’s degree with the plan of continuing to the bachelor’s for EMB. Me and the first student president Deamante Williams were already discussing the need for a student council or student voice in that semester and with some hard work and planning we got a charter written and approval from the staff to move forward with student council. Since then I have been acting student council vice president while sometimes feverously trying to keep a 4.0 GPA. Student council in and of itself has done a lot to bring me out of my shell. I never use to be able to talk in front of groups of people and now I find myself doing it fairly frequently. Student council has definitely not been without its failures though, as anything worth having does but we have definitely had some major success. We have had some really awesome events, and don’t worry there will be plenty more of that this term! Kat & Turner Kat gets some advice from Turner Morris I would like to close with a big thanks to all those that have made student council a success especially for the previous presidents Deamante Williams and Turner Morris for all there hard work. I would also send a plea to all students to not be afraid to get involved with student council. We do need dedicated people but you don’t need to take on any big work load or time slots you can do what you want. We just want people to be involved. Trust me, we’ll have some fun and do some cool things this spring and summer. I can’t do it alone though, I need you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the student and staff that have supported me and student council from the beginning, you guys are awesome! I am always available to talk to any student about ANYTHING through my school email or I’ll even give you my personal phone number, I am here for you.  Come help me make this a great year! -“Kat” Jesse David Hall Student Council President