Mikey Jaillet, a junior finance major at Mays Business School, was elected the Texas A&M Student Body President in the Spring 2019 elections. This is the second consecutive year that a Mays student has been elected to serve as Texas A&M’s Student Body President, as management major Amy Sharp was elected in the Spring 2018 election.
Jaillet’s victory was announced on Feb. 22, when Election Commissioner Mary Franklin announced the election results in the Memorial Student Center Flag Room. The results of the Spring 2019 elections were also released to vote.tamu.edu after Franklin’s announcement.
Jaillet said his experiences at Mays Business School significantly impacted his decision to run for Student Body President and shaped his campaign strategy.
“I think one of the biggest things I have learned at Mays is that you first have to be able to motivate yourself,” he said. “Mays does a great job of giving you the tools to be successful, but you have to be able to step up. Mays has really helped me in initiating the ability to take the first step to get things done.”
When asked about the example Amy Sharp has set over the past year, Jaillet explained:
“While Amy Sharp did not give me any sort of campaign tips, as she tried to stay completely neutral throughout the entire process, I can say that I took a couple of pages out of her playbook in an effort to model her leadership style.”
“She does a great job of asking great questions and communicating well with leaders across all parts of campus to really drive home a message that resonates well with all Aggies,” Jaillet said.
Students in upper-level classes have a difficult course load and must focus on time management. Jaillet described his strategy to balance his time serving the Texas A&M student body and also succeeding academically at Mays. “I think currently serving as the Interfraternity Council President has really helped me lead up to this position, as time management has been something I strive to work hard on,” he said. “I know having previous experience with a role that takes up time in addition to a full course load will translate well to me being able to serve as Student Body President and finish out my graduation in four years.”
Finally, Jaillet gave some words of encouragement to those considering stepping into a leadership role.
“The first thing that I would say is to not be afraid to ask the person in the leadership role if they believe that you would be a good fit for the role and ask why they enjoy the role,” he said. “The next thing that I would say would be to dive headfirst into the role and really devote yourself to it. The biggest thing that I learned through this process is that the relationships you make along the way are truly all worth it.”
Read more about Jaillet at The Battalion.