By Kasie Lyons
Jeffrey Santos, 21, of Beverly, Massachusetts, has never been one to sit on the sidelines.
His list of accomplishments and activities are almost as tall as his 6’4” frame. He was accepted to the Moreau Honors Program as a first-year student, works 20 hours per week, starred in the college’s production of “Footloose,” interned in the nation’s capital and sings with Stonehill College’s coed acapplla group Surround Sound.
Santos has no room in his schedule for downtime and that is the way he likes it.
“I was very involved in high school. So when I got to college I wanted to take it slow because of how overwhelmed I was senior year, but then I got to Stonehill and I realized that you can’t change the essence of who you are,” Santos said.
Being involved is not only a defining feature of Santos’ life. It also helps him prioritize.
“I work well under pressure. It makes me better with time management,” Santos said.
Santos credits his semesters spent off-campus with teaching him how to deal with pressure.
Studying at the University College of London, which has an enrollment of over 26,000 students, was a big change for Santos.
“It was my first time being alone,” Santos said. “Eight people from my high school went to Stonehill, so it was my first time being by myself.”
During this time, Santos learned how being alone could benefit him.
“I learned that exploring a new place by yourself can be one of the greatest things a person can do. You’re left to your own devices and all that makes you is kind of stripped away, and what’s left is who you truly are,” Santos said.
In the spring of his junior year, Santos was back on campus and was voted Student Government Association Executive President. Santos is one of the most recognizable students at Stonehill.
“It’s unusual for me to walk to class and not see someone I know,” Santos said. “I’m definitely a people person. But I also enjoy my alone time once in a while to regroup and process life.”
As executive president, Santos must stay up-to-date on campus issues and serve as a bridge between staff and students. This means staying neutral on issues, which Santos admitted can be a struggle.
“As president the hardest thing is being neutral. I’m supposed to facilitate conversation and not add my own opinions, which is hard because I’m very opinionated,” Santos said.
Santos has strong views on the importance of family.
“My biggest goal is to enjoy my career and have a family. That’s always been my number one dream because I am very family driven and I love tradition,” Santos said.
As for short-term goals, Santos is looking ahead to graduation in the spring.
“I want to graduate with high honors,” Santos said.