While it’s graduation season for some, it’s a new beginning for others at FIU.
Settling in as the student body’s new presidents, Krista Schmidt will lead Student Government Association at Modesto A. Maidique Campus while Leo Cosio will head the organization at Biscayne Bay Campus.
The Student Government Association serves to advocate for students in various areas, from academics to social issues, serving as a liaison between the university and the surrounding communities.
Krista Schmidt, a senior majoring in communication arts, has been involved in a wide range of organizations including Order of The Torch and Dance Marathon. As a SGA senator during her sophomore year, Schmidt said she saw a vision for SGA but had not realized her potential to see it through. Empowered by her support system and the student body, she is taking her opportunity as president to turn her vision into a reality.
“My vision for Student Government is one where students feel comfortable coming to us as their peers because they have confidence in our passion to serve them,” Schmidt said. “I want to ensure that our resources are being used by all students who need our help.”
Schmidt said her involvement with the LEAD team – student ambassadors for the Center for Leadership and Service – prepared her to become SGA President and helped her recognize the crucial role leadership plays in student government.
“I learned the importance of empowering others,” Schmidt said. “LEAD team showed me how to create a vision that’s clear for others to see and want to be a part of [that vision].”
Schmidt acknowledged the opportunity she has to make an impact on behalf of students, and she is motivated to ensure students are successful at FIU. Her goals include educating students on resources SGA can provide, like the food pantry, and to bring the City of Sweetwater and FIU communities together on other initiatives.
Both Schmidt and Cosio plan to work together to improve the FIU experience for students who attend both campuses.
“One of my main goals is to work with MMC-SGA and Parking and Transportation to make the Golden Panther Express shuttles free for students,” said Cosio, a junior broadcast journalism major.
After serving as chief of staff and vice president at BBC, Cosio was ready to apply his skill and drive to the leading student voice position at the north campus.
Cosio credits the time he helped a friend in a SGA election for changing his perspective on limits. Operating at a high capacity gave him confidence that exceeded his own expectations.
“I will not set any limits for myself,” Cosio said. “I hope to make SGA more present at BBC and help found a housing council for our new student residents living in Bayview, so they have the proper representation.”
In addition to his SGA involvement, Cosio is a member of Omnicron Delta Kappa honor society and a brother in Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. He is also involved with the Society of Professional Journalists and South Florida News Service.
Schmidt and Cosio have both started their terms as president and look forward to serving FIU’s student body.