Eric Stone, Anderson University’s 2016-2017 student body president, didn’t originally think he would attend AU.
“I have had a lot of family who attended here. My parents met here, my grandparents met here, my aunts and uncles on both sides of my family have all gone here,” Stone said. “So naturally, I tried to be my own person and not come here.”
A campus visit with his sister changed his mind.
“I just fell in love with the campus, and felt like the community and the lifestyle expectations were great,” said Stone. “I think if I had gone to a public university, then I wouldn’t have become who I could be because I went here.”
Stone got involved in Student Government Association (SGA) early on because he realized that the only way to solve a problem is to become a part of the solution.
“I was an overconfident sophomore, and I thought I knew about AU and how things worked,” Stone said. “I thought that everything at AU is how it’s always been and how it always will be.”
But once he got involved with SGA and learned more about what goes on behind the scenes, he gained a new perspective.
“It’s amazing how many people donate their time, their services, and their funds,” said Stone. “A lot of people believe that it’s a special place, worth keeping and worth preserving.”
Stone believes in AU and demonstrates it not only by giving his time to SGA and other organizations on campus but also through financial support during the recent Orange & Black Give Back event.
“I have come to the understanding that a small gift for me as a student helps AU because it raises the percentage of students who are giving back,” said Stone. “Even if it’s not enough to build a new building, it’s still going toward something worthwhile.”
He wants donors to know how much their gifts mean to him and other students.
“To just think about all the people who have contributed to my life in getting here, staying here, and getting the most out of it. It’s a thing that I can never pay back, because so many people I’ve never met have given money for my tuition,” he said.
As a senior, Stone knows his time as an AU student is coming to an end, but much remains ahead.
“So many good things are happening right now, and I just think there’s this wave coming,” said Stone. “I’m honestly kind of bummed I’m graduating right now because I think in four years this place is going to be bustling. It’s already great, but I think there are new things on the horizon, which means that these people who are giving right now are really investing in that future.”
Hometown: Monroe, Ohio
Major: Psychology and Youth Leadership Development