Senior Elijah Williams, 2021-22 Student Senate president, welcomes fellow Cardinals to campus.

His message for new students:

His message for returning students, faculty, and staff:

To the Saint Mary’s community:

Faculty, staff, and students, I welcome you back to campus! The trees are green, the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining (when it wants to), and wow, it feels good to be here. I know, like many of you, that I have missed being in Winona — hanging out with friends, going to Blooming Grounds, attending events, dreading homework, the usual. But I am beyond excited for the new memories, the new friendships, and the amazing opportunities to further my education all while reflecting on the past 18 months.

The past year and a half have been challenging in ways that no one could have ever imagined. We have been tested, both literally and figuratively. But we have come out on the other side, or at least we almost did, not only stronger but more connected than ever. You see, I walk around campus and see strangers, friends, people I consider family, but most of all I see a community — one that has gathered around, supported one another, and helped get each other through arguably one of the most difficult things we have faced, and will likely ever face, in our lives.

I’ve had the honor and privilege of getting to know many of you. I know that things are crazy but hang in there. My hope is that if we all continue to be safe and acknowledge one another, our different opinions and beliefs, that we will get back to a normal that we can recognize. This year is going to be tough, that’s college, but remember to study hard, stay focused, have fun, and enjoy your breaks because I know I will.

Last but certainly not least, as someone once said, “We were almost back to precedent times.” I wish you all the best this coming year! #rollcards

Kindest regards,

Elijah Williams
Student Senate President

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