Students at Texas A&M have spoken as they welcome their new student body president Hannah Wimberly. Even weeks after her election victory, the outspoken junior and Human Resource Development major, is in disbelief and full of excitement to represent her fellow classmates.
Wimberly has been involved in the Student Government Association since her freshman year. From the start, she saw the organization as a way to give back to the university and its students.
“There is so much that happens behind the scenes when it comes to SGA,” Wimberly said. “I thought it was a cool way to serve and to continue to improve students’ lives here at Texas A&M.”
After much thought, Wimberly decided to run for student body president in November—paving the way for a rigorous three-month campaign. She assembled an 11-person team to properly move her campaign forward.
Student interaction became a top priority. Wimberly immersed herself with different students groups around campus — with a key focus on well-connected freshmen, in order to better serve her peers. She said she was blown away by the amount of support she ended up receiving.
“At the end of it, we ended up speaking to over 70 organizations, reached out to well connected freshmen and put in 514 man-hours of banner holding in a span of four and a half days,” she said. “There were people who held our banner that I didn’t even know who believed in what we were trying to accomplish, which was very encouraging.”
Wimberly credits her major as an essential tool in shaping her communication and public speaking skills during the campaign.
“I think I improved my ability to think on my feet a lot better,” she said. “Being able to take the things that I’ve learned from my major and apply them directly, made me so much more well equipped to take on the task.”
The hard work paid off and she was elected president on February 26 — the university’s first female president in 15 years. She confessed that she still didn’t know how her team pulled it off.
“I owe so much to the females who came before me. It is definitely very cool and it is not something that I take lightly,” she said. “I want every student to feel and know that they have a voice in SGA and I am excited to spend the next year to achieving that.”