My name is Paul Julión I am currently a Senior Physical Education major and Nutrition minor. I have been at NIU for five years now and it has been some wonderful times here. I am originally from the southwest side of Chicago. I graduated high school from Gurdon S. Hubbard in 2010 and since then NIU is where I now call home. I have been apart of many things on campus. Besides being a Trustee I've been apart of Northern Light Ambassador for the College of Education, Black Male Initiative, Physical Educators Club, Succeed and Success Plan(S-Plan) Mary F. English Technology scholars, RED Riot, Black Student Union and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated (FA'11). I have also been involved in the Student Association my entire career here. I was a Senator for District 2 my freshmen and sophomore year. Then I served as Director of Athletics and Recreation for the two years before becoming Student Trustee in March, thanks to all of you who voted for me.
I have not always been this heavily involved, but having a background of being a three sport athlete has helped me be very disciplined, determined, and organized. Since coming to college I have gone by past Ombudsman Dr. Terrence Griffin tip of how to be successful in college. “To be successful at any university you must do these three things; go to class, take care of problems now, and have fun”. He told me those words during my orientation and since then I have never forgotten them.
If there was one thing I can tell each Huskie on this campus, it’s GET INVOLED!!! It can really save your life. As a freshman I came to college knowing that if I did not do well in the class room, get involved, or voice my financial issue immediately to people who I knew or met during orientation I would not be at NIU the following spring semester. I had too much determination to be deferred just because of a $6,500.00 debt. I received two scholarships from Anne Hardy in the Scholarship Office due to having a 3.25GPA at the end of freshmen year. Since then I have accomplished so much. I even won Homecoming King in 2012! I always know anything is possible when you put yourself in the position to be successful.
As one of your peers, I can say this university is for us to be successful. You can do so much within your years here! It all starts with one step. I want to see everyone at this university succeed and do well. As a leader on campus I want to tell you that Paul Julión is not about gaining all the glory. I am about helping others get to where I am. I love to help others. So many helped me get to where I am today. When I graduate in May. I want people to say Paul Julión did many things on this campus but more importantly he shared his success with everyone.
“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”
― Booker T. Washington