Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Emily Firment

Activities? I am President of the Student Government Association and a Preceptor. I spent spring 2010 studying abroad at the American University in Cairo and teaching English to refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan. Favorite professor? I have taken 3 semesters of Arabic at Wheaton with Professor Shaheen. It is nice to see such a small college provide a class that is in such high demand at larger institutions. Though difficult, my class has always been small which allowed it to mold and cater to my needs as a language student. My Arabic classes are one of the main reasons I am studying in Cairo. Conducting an SGA Presidential race 5,000 miles off campus: I won’t lie. Staying up until 6 am for speeches was not a blast. But I knew I wanted to be at the event even if just through a Skype screen! A strong campaign would have been impossible without my friends and supporters on campus as well as my running mate, and next year’s Vice President, Alexandra Schibanoff ’12. Alex did an incredible job of orchestrating the logistics of posters and events. Working through email, Facebook and Skype for weeks on end was also a great test for our relationship as President and VP. SGA agenda for 2010/2011: Class Councils, Senators and Executive Board members all came to the campaign season with a list of goals. I want to work on combining and achieving as many of those as possible. Personally, I want to continue working with the administration and the Yellow Wood Commission on our Alcohol Policy and maintaining an open dialogue on a sensitive subject but it is important that Student Government, in every capacity, works for the students. Most thrilling adventure? My semester abroad was an amazingly thrilling adventure. I have been able to see the Pyramids by camel, ride along the Nile in a Felucca and interact with native Arabic speakers. Being thrown into a world completely and entirely different than Norton, MA has been an incredible adventure so far. Read Emily’s blog from Cairo!