Erick Brown serves as the president of the Student Government Association at The University of Southern Mississippi. Brown, a senior sociology major, recently took a few moments to reflect on his current responsibilities and outside interests in a question-and-answer format.
Q: What is your hometown and educational background?
A: I am from Columbus, Mississippi and attended Columbus High School.
Q: What were your dreams and ambitions as a small child?
A: Contrary to my current goals, my childhood dreams were all related to the arts. I’ve wanted to be everything from a cartoonist to a Nobel Laureate poet. I still have a strong affinity for the arts even now.
Q: What inspired you to run for SGA president?
A: I ran for president because I saw an opportunity to reinvest all the gifts that I have been afforded into positive change for the school that I love so much.
Q: Did you expect to win or were you surprised by the outcome?
A: I was confident in my ability to win the race. I wouldn’t say I was surprised, but I was certainly nervous.
Q: What do you want your legacy as SGA president to be?
A: I want to leave a legacy of inclusion in SGA. It is my goal to make new, creative ways that students of different backgrounds can contribute what they have to offer to SGA. Making SGA better is one of my biggest goals.
Q: What animal best describes your personality and why?
A: A lion. Its power lies in its patience. It only speaks or moves when necessary. I try to practice the same thing. I don’t get too worried about things usually. I’d like to think I’m a patient person, and I only put time and effort into things that make a difference.
Q: Where do you picture yourself 10 years from now?
A: I will hopefully be settling into my adult life, staring my third year of independent medical practice and maybe even starting a family.
Q: Is there anything you would like to do over since you’ve been at Southern Miss?
A: Not a single thing. Every single step of my college career has been outstanding, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
Q: If you could be Southern Miss President for one day, what’s the first thing you would do?
A: I would begin by forming strong relationships with everyone at USM. In the time I’ve spent with President Saunders, I have noticed that her accomplishments are all a result of the rapport she’s maintained with the workers and students around her. Emulating that skill would probably be my first endeavor.