Webster’s defines passion as a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something. The passion for doing something for the community we love is what inspires Eric and I, Morgan.

Eric and I are not alone. Northeastern’s culture is defined by passion, both at an individual level and as a community. Why else would we, as students, do everything that we do in addition to class? Why are we having an amazing Springfest week coming up? Why did our men’s basketball team make it to the March Madness tournament for the first time in 24 years? Why do our students go to top graduate programs? The answer is passion. Northeastern students have a unique passion for everything that they do whether it be in entertainment, athletics, academics or anything else. This is why we are a top–50 school, and this is why we chose to go to Northeastern. Passion.

After Eric’s first year as a senator spending time on many of the committees in SGA, he really found his niche in academics. This past year, he served as the vice president for academic affairs because he was inspired by all of the experiential opportunities that students have at Northeastern. He wanted to work with administrators to see that these opportunities continued and were improved upon.

Similarly, student affairs was the first thing that drew me into SGA. Through it, I was able to work with organizations and resources on campus that are inclusive of all students, such as the International Student and Scholar Institute (ISSI), the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service (CSDS), the Social Justice Resource Center (SJRC) and athletics. I was so excited to have the opportunity to meet with these centers and respective student groups on a regular basis and to hear their thoughts. Mostly, though, I held this role because I saw problems with the Code of Student Conduct, and I wanted to help fix the issues by bringing student input to the conversation.

Eric and I have a passion for Northeastern that has given us such a unique opportunity. Being able to sit on the executive board of SGA this past year as vice president of academic affairs and vice president of student affairs has allowed us to meet so many incredible students and hear their amazing stories. We have heard of their successes and of their defeats, of their triumphs and of their difficulties at Northeastern, and it has given us such a diverse vision of this school, one no longer limited to just the areas of academic and student affairs. Northeastern is a school we can be proud of; however, we know that there are so many things that we can do to make it even better. We want to continue to use our passion to improve the Northeastern student experience through tangible initiatives, ensure that your voice is heard on campus and make sure that you’re informed on how SGA is working for you as your student body president and executive vice president.

Our passion is hearing your story and representing you, the student body. Let us use our passion, and experience, to help you by voting IgniteNU.

–  Eric Tyler is a junior information sciences and business dual major. Morgan Helfman is a sophomore political science and sociology dual major.