‘Shoot for the Moon’ –
Advises New MHCC Student President
Posted July 23, 2012
Studying, note-taking and tests aren’t the only things one can focus on at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC). The campus is a place to grow, to transform your life, and most of all, achieve your dreams – as discovered by the new president of Associated Student Government (ASG).
William Miller, a second year political science student at MHCC, is well on his way to making his dreams a reality. His calling to be a public servant/politician inspired him to launch a successful campaign last spring for the student government presidency.
“I am very passionate about MHCC,” Miller says. “I knew running for president would be challenging, but I wanted the opportunity to support the student community – all 32,000 of us.”
Like anyone with a dream, the vision and aspiration must begin somewhere. For this 2010 high school graduate, it started at home. Miller is the youngest boy in a family of seven, and his youngest sister is still in high school. Growing up was difficult, especially after losing several family members, including his father in 2006 and older brother in 2007, and Miller became very close to his remaining siblings. “I value my family,” he says. “We are a strong foundation for each other.”
Faced with one tragedy after another, Miller struggled severely his first year of high school to the point of nearly flunking out. By his sophomore year, he realized where he needed to make a change. Immediately, he became involved in the student council at Reynolds Learning Academy (RLA). Within a few months he went from a struggling high school student, with no intention on graduating, to representing nearly 15,000 students at the Reynolds District School Board.
First Member of His Family to Graduate from High School
The most rewarding moment in his still young life occurred in 2010 when he walked proudly across the stage to receive his diploma. When times get tough, he pulls down his diploma and reminisces about all he has accomplished. His first major goal was to graduate from high school and he was the first member in his family to do so.
A big dreamer and a hard worker, Miller still has a long way to go before all his dreams become reality.
With leadership as his calling, Miller dove right in when he enrolled at MHCC in September 2010. Not only did he start his studies as a political science major, but he also became actively involved in the college community. “I chose MHCC because I wanted to stay near my family and because financially, this was the college I could afford,” Miller says. “My experience here has been amazing. The instructors are quick to help and have played a large part in my success.”
Miller and Antonio Guerrero, new ASG vice president, have big plans for the upcoming academic year. “We need to find a way to balance the pockets of students and make sure those who really want to come to college have the opportunity to do so,” says Miller. In addition, the two leaders plan to work with the college’s Public Safety department to install lighting and security cameras in the parking lots.
Following graduation from MHCC next June, Miller plans to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration or Political Science, and then get a law degree.
Knows Where He’s Going and How He’s Going to Get There
After graduate school, he plans to run for political office at the state level, and then turn his attention to his ultimate career goal: the U.S. presidency.
“I’ve wanted to be president since I was 11 years old,” Miller says. “Before my aunt passed away a few years ago she was my personal political adviser. We’d watch CNN together and she’d quiz me on current events.”
With goals set so high, it’s no wonder Miller is thriving as the new ASG president. As he hurdles over yet another milestone in his life, his kind heart speaks to his future leadership. “To my fellow students I would like to say, never give up on yourself. Never stop believing in yourself. Don’t let opposition and adversity get you down because when you get back up and brush your shoulders off, you show those who thought differently that you are strong enough to move forward. Shoot for the moon -- if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
By Amber Patton