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Student Voice: Stevenson Student Appointed to MHEC Position by Governor Hogan

Bryson S. Barksdale, a psychology major at Stevenson University, says he has lived by a quote from Mark Twain during his four years at Stevenson: "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."

Winter 2018

 

Bryson S. Barksdale, a psychology major at Stevenson University, says he has lived by a quote from Mark Twain during his four years at Stevenson: "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."

Barksdale has shown his commitment to this philosophy through his active participation in varied extracurricular activities, including serving as president of the Male Initiative of Leadership and Excellence (M.I.L.E.), a Senior Resident Assistant, Stevenson University Hearing Board Member, and Stevenson University Greek Life Committee member. Most recently he was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan as the lone student member of the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to represent not only Stevenson, but all college and university students in Maryland. His one-year term as Student Commissioner for MHEC began on July 1, 2017.

 

- This is Bryson’s story -

 

It has always been a passion of mine to stand out from the crowd and push the envelope.

I have been working since my freshman year to improve fellow students' collegiate experiences by voicing their concerns and thoughts and working to implement the changes on campus that students ask for. Now I will have the opportunity to voice these concerns on a larger scale and see what other institutions may be experiencing. This is only the start of my professional career towards education as I plan to work to increase engagement for all students at Maryland universities which in return will increase retention and graduation rates.

One of the aspects of Stevenson University that I’ve enjoyed the most is the opportunity to create a legacy for yourself rather than just be a number. There is an opportunity here at Stevenson for all students to become leaders but it calls for us to go that extra MILE to make it happen.

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