Reflections From Our Graduating Executives

Hello PISA community! For our final blog post of this academic year we wanted to leave you with a goodbye message from our graduating Executives Maia Lugar (President) and Marie-Pier Allard (Vice President). These two women have led PISA with positivity, conviction and dedication this school year and have worked to make PISA what it is today. We are so proud to have had them as our President and VP and wanted to share their thoughts as they graduate BU and head into the world. Enjoy!


Maia:


I want to start this off by thanking Marie-Pier, Carrie, and Victoria not only for all the incredible work that they have done throughout this year, but for being the best team anyone could possibly ask for - I can't imagine having gotten through this year without you all.


This year has been absolutely incredible. I am so proud of all the events we were able to host (even in the current situation), and the resources we were able to provide through our blog and our website. This is my fourth (and final) year at BU, and being able to watch PISA evolve over that time into what it is today has been so rewarding. The fact that we were able to build PISA into what it is today is the thing I am the most proud of during my time at BU. Although we weren’t able to accomplish everything we wanted to this year (I’m still holding out for a PISA office one day!), I think we were able to do some pretty great things. From the McGill Law School info session, to the in-person Elections Trivia Night (with an overwhelming turn-out - thank you everyone!) to interviews with Max Taylor, Marc-André Franche, and Steve de Eyre, we accomplished more than I could ever have dreamed, especially in a pandemic.


I want to say a huge thank you to anyone who attended one of our events, read one of our blog posts, liked one of our Instagram posts - PISA was only successful this year because of all of you. I couldn't have asked for a better way to end my time at BU, and I am so genuinely excited to see what next year brings for PISA and the department. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as this year’s PISA President, and I can’t wait to see what the next team is able to accomplish. Good luck girls!


Marie-Pier:


As the end of this semester is just around the corner, it also means it is time for me to leave my position to your next Vice President. But before that, there are a couple things I wanted to share. When we first started our meetings back in April last year, we had a lot of ideas and projects in mind, but the pandemic has definitely forced us to reconsider our plan and be a bit more creative. One thing sure was our goal was to find ways to bring our community together and connect with our student body, while also offering more opportunity to students. Looking back at this year, I am very pleased to see everything we have managed to accomplish. The engagement we received through our social media, our events, our interviews, and the launching our merch, are all things I am proud to see PISA contributed to. This year has been an amazing year for PISA, and this would never have been possible without the engagement of our community. I would also like to thank our department and the SRC for all the support they have given to us this year. Lastly, I would like to give a huge congratulations to our whole PISA team for their hard work, and more specifically to my President for her incredible leadership and her outstanding dedication to our association. This may be the end of chapter, but I am happy to leave knowing PISA will be in such good hands with our new Executive Team.

Thank you for your trust, and I am looking forward to seeing the future path of PISA.




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