Ahmad Somakia: A Student Supporter

Becoming involved in campus life can be a valuable experience for students looking to expand their horizons. Ahmad Somakia (’25) (he/him), a first-generation college student, is a junior at BSU majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Middle Eastern North African studies. He is actively involved in multiple campus organizations including the Muslim Student Association (MSA), the Student Government Association (SGA), and the Commuter Office.

Somakia joined the MSA during his freshman year, after attending a meeting to become involved with campus events. This organization aims to promote unity, encourage basic religious knowledge, humanity, equality, and service to others. His involvement led him to becoming the current President of this distinct organization.

In his sophomore year, he then joined the SGA. This group represents BSU students, prepares them for democracy, advocates for their rights and needs, and encourages self-reliance in their pursuit of truth and justice. Interested in the financial aspect of the organization, Ahmad became the Treasurer.

He shared, “I joined the SGA to better advocate for other students as I realized they face a lot while in school.”

Somakia’s growing interest in the BSU community led him to work for the Commuter Office as well. He was impressed with the hard work and dedication demonstrated by the department. “We help support commuter needs and help them with their day-to-day issues. We also plan and host various commuter-focused events that people can find out about and get involved in through our Instagram,” said Somakia.

To date, this busy student feels his greatest accomplishment is “growing the MSA to what it is now. Last year was a very big year for us through hosting events and becoming an official organization. More members were joining who were sticking around as far as membership and we were even nominated for a couple of Impact Awards.” Notably, the MSA was nominated and won the Outstanding Student Organization Award last year.

Based on his BSU experiences, Somakia urges students to become involved in campus life as it opens doors that one would not expect. He has come to know notable figures on campus including the President Fred Clark. “They become more human,” said Somakia. “It makes everything a lot more understandable.”

The best advice he offers students is to “just check it out.” By attending events on campus and becoming aware of BSU’s organizations, every student is sure to find that perfect group.

Currently, the MSA meets every Monday at 5 PM in the DMF, room 471. Check their Instagram, @bridgewmsa for updated information. The Student Government Association meets every Tuesday at 7:30 PM in the RSU, room 201. The Commuter Office is located in the RSU and can be followed at @bsucommutes.

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