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5/11/2020 3:05:00 PM
Christian Rios Applies Gaston College Knowledge
SGA veteran learns much
Christian Rios
Christian Rios

Lincoln Herald Staff

Christian Rios wanted to help his fellow students.

And as secretary of Gaston College’s student government association, Rios was able to do just that. According to college spokeswoman Stephanie Michael Pickett, Rios, now the SGA’s outgoing secretary and among the college’s graduates this month, plans to apply what he has learned as a student liaison to his higher education and professional endeavors.

“I understand the frustration and complaints among students on things they wish they could change or have amended for a better experience,” he said recently. “Taking all this into mind helped me decide that if change were going to happen, it needed to start with someone who listens. This helped me address what concerns students had and make going to Gaston College a better experience.”

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Serving in a leadership position with the SGA gave Rios insight into how the organization works.

“We have high expectations on our shoulders to represent the students and the college, both on and off campus,” he said. “We need to be professional and responsible and to help those who need it whenever we can. The second––and arguably the most important––thing is how we have to make decisions that are best for the majority of our students, which sometimes means compromising to make sure that the outcome leaves the most students happy.”

Rios plans to transfer to either the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or North Carolina State University. He intends to major in political science and minor in philosophy or history. After earning his undergraduate degree, he intends to go to law school to become an attorney.

“Career-wise, it’s been my dream since I was a child to be a public defender,” he said. “Gaston College gave me the tools and knowledge that will help this dream become a reality.”

The Gaston College SGA is known as the voice of the students. All students are welcomed to attend SGA meetings and voice their opinions.

For information on becoming involved as a student leader, call (704) 922-6472 or visit the SGA office in Room 213 at the Myers Center on the Dallas Campus of Gaston College.

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