Sullivan Leadership Award

Eric Chalmers

About Eric Chalmers

Eric graduated from Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, AZ, in June 2010. He was a top-ranked tennis player and led his school team to the state championships his junior and senior year. Eric was active in student council, earned his Eagle Scout Award, traveled to El Salvador on an immersion trip, helped plan his school's annual Summit on Human Dignity, and was bass section leader for Honors Men’s Choir. Since arriving at Seattle University Eric has studied the Renaissance in Florence and Rome, led the cheering sections at SU athletic events, welcomed new students to campus as an Orientation Advisor, competed for two years on SU's tennis team, and traveled to Ghana to spend 3 months working with the rural and sub-urban poor doing micro-finance. Outside of SU, he has interned for Senator Patty Murray in Washington D.C. and worked on now Washington state governor Jay Inslee's campaign (whom he is interning for now). Most recently, Eric was elected student body president of Seattle U and will serve his term in the 2013-2014 school year.

Just Do It
A Message to Prospective Freshmen
By Eric Chalmers

First off I would like to congratulate all anyone who is reading this because that means you are putting in the extra time and effort to read something that may or may not help you win the Sullivan (depends on how well I write this) but will definitely change your life for the better (yeah, I’m that good). Seriously though, I do want to congratulate you on applying for the Sullivan Leadership Award, and if you are a parent reading this make sure to give your son or daughter a big hug for even putting themselves out there to apply for this award. This application and process is enough in itself but to be doing all of this while being a high school senior, which is definitely far more difficult than it is made out to be, is quite a load. So, in the face of all this I’m sure some of you may be asking yourselves, “Why am I doing this?” or others may be wondering “How in the world am I going to do this?” and others still may be saying “Mom, do I have to do this?!” As far as application advice goes, all I can offer is be 100% yourself and do not feel compelled to FIT ANY MOLD WHATSOEVER. Even though I strongly dislike Nike as a corporation, their saying really works here: Just Do It. One of our advisors, Dr. Andrea McDowell, has this saying by Edmund Burke at the end of all of her e-mails that reads, "No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little." Essentially, no matter what chance you think you have of winning (I thought I had absolutely zero), how much work you may have (or how much senioritis), or if you aren’t even interested in Seattle University, just go for it. Always live your life to have no regrets because there is no tomorrow that will ever be the same as today. I wish you all the best of luck and I cannot wait to see you on Leaders’ Day!

Love and Peace,

Eric Chalmers

P.S. Don’t Stress!! It doesn’t help anything!

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Eric Chalmers

Tempe, AZ

High School:
Brophy College Preparatory

Political Science