By Harold Crawford, Staff Writer

Daniel Pogue, junior, mechanical engineering, has been at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since the fall of 2013. This is his first year on Student Government Association as a Senator.

Pogue said, “I wanted to influence some change at the university. I have been here four years and have seen a lot of different things, some of which I liked, some of which I didn’t like.”

Pogue was adopted and grew up in Jefferson County, Wellston, and Tower Grove. He attended Freer Elementary and Windsor Middle School in the Barnhart area. He finished his high school degree in farming. From about pre-school to high school he stayed with his cousin in Wellston or his uncle in Tower Grove.  He picked UMSL just by chance—his mother sent his application in for him—and he was accepted.  

Pogue wants to make sure that students are aware of the opportunities they have at UMSL. Pogue said, “I kind of want to help other students who might be earlier in their college career. So they are more aware of the resources that the university has to offer and, make sure that they don’t have to go through some of the same things that I went through… I want to set-up the upcoming generation for success.”

Pogue believes that the voices of students, faculty, and staff are sometimes not heard at the university level. He said, “A lot of the times I feel like out of all the people that are talking there is a select few that get heard, and when they are heard other people aren’t actively listening. Still there are people who are listening and concerned about what they are saying.”

It is this problem that led to his position on SGA. Pogue said, “I’m given the opportunity to represent the people who don’t get the chance to sit and the table and talk to the administrators, and tell them about the majority of students that feel this way about certain issues, so what have you done about this or what  will you do about this.”

Pogue enjoys the diversity at UMSL and wants to make sure that all the different types of students are heard. He said, “There are students who are struggling financially and academically that a lot of the administrators don’t really know about. They don’t see the extreme nontraditional students who may have started college at 18, but they are not traditional in the sense that, they started college and started working full time to pay for college as well.”

He continued, “You have your students who are coming fresh out of high school who are fully supporting themselves, with whatever work they can. They are also trying to get involved because that’s pushed on a campus like this, and they are a freshman doing full-time classes so they can graduate on time. Then you have you’re lesser known students who maybe can’t go to school, because they can’t balance working, going to school, and going to school full-time.”

Pogue admits that he enjoys the inclusiveness at UMSL and how helpful everyone is. He said, “You kind of have to look for it. But after you find your way, a support system can be found in almost every corner of UMSL.”