Blake Sio already enjoys his role in the Salt Lake Community College Student Association (SLCCSA).
For the newly elected executive vice president, life in student government is anything but monotonous.
“I feel overwhelmed; I had no idea that student government at SLCC would be so intense and so much fun,” says Sio.
Sio teamed up with Carlos Moreno to win the SLCCSA student body election last spring. The pair received help and support from many students and multiple school clubs.
“I have to hand it to the students, they helped us win this election,” says Sio.
This is the first year Sio ran for office at SLCC, and since the election he hasn’t lost any time engaging in his responsibilities.
“I love to motivate people to do things to better themselves,” says Sio.
Sio was born in California but grew up in Salt Lake. He was previously involved in student government in junior high and in high school.
At first, Sio was reluctant to run for office.
Moreno had to ask him six times before Sio agreed to be his running mate.
“It wasn’t until Carlos and Justine [Tabligan, former SLCCSA VP] sat down with me that I knew that I needed to do this,” says Sio.
As executive vice president, Sio’s goals are to empower the voice of the students and better the relationship between students and faculty.
Since Sio has taken office, he has seen positive changes in the way the Student Life and Leadership office is run.
“We work as a team in order to accomplish our common goals, everyone is proactive,” says Sio.
Sio is a biology major at SLCC. When he completes his associate degree, he plans to transfer to the University of Utah where he will complete a double major in biology and communication.
After Sio completes his undergraduate degree he plans to apply to medical school.
Sio looks forward to all of the adventures that come with being in student government.
“I enjoy the opportunity of meeting new people and learning from the people that I meet,” says Sio.