(ambient music) My freshmen year, I was able to take part in May Morning Sing. It is probably my favorite memory of college thus far. They told me that we had a worship ceremony for crew this morning, and I was like, “Oh, okay that sounds really fun”. My daughter’s being inducted into Tower Guard Honor Society. Pretty exciting. I remember not having a clue what was going on, and both my parents surprised me. (indistinct chatter) Oh very proud, it’s a big honor. I am very overwhelmed, but excited. Tower Guard is a Sophomore Honor Society. It helps students with disabilities, it raises awareness. The general members doing E-texting, transcribing notes for students, helping them take tests, walking them to class. There’s a variety of what we do, but it all boils down to helping out the students who need it from the RCPD. My son, Nicholas, is taking advantage of the services at this time. What it does is, it levels the playing field for students that have challenges. Since 1934, over 4,000 Tower Guard members have been committed to service to students with disabilities here at MSU. They have helped me with my assignments, of course. Whenever I need help with my studies, I can contact one of them, and they will be over right away to assist me. Not only are they able to do that, but I’ve honestly made pretty good friends with some of them. What’s beautiful about Toward Guard is it creates a social dynamic, it allows for friendship. And so often, when you have friendship, everything else comes easier. And when someone’s happy socially, they’ll be happy academically. So students are gonna get here any time now, so we said between six and six-thirty, so they’ll be trickling in any minute now. I’m really excited. It’s really early though.
Yeah, it is really early. Having May Morning Sing at the crack of dawn is a wonderful tradition of the Tower Guard and it makes for a memory that is unlike any other. It was a complete surprise. My friend’s like, “We’re going somewhere”. I was like, “IHOP”? (indistinct chatter) We know that they’re gonna put a lot of work in next year, so it’s nice to come out and give them something really special to commemorate their first experience in the group. (indistinct chatter) (applause) Tower Guard members usually get more out of this than they put in, and that’s really apparent when they come back as alumni. My daughter, Mikaela. (laughter) I was Tower Guard when I was at Michigan State. It gave me a better appreciation of what I have. It just gave me a sense of service, a chance to reach out for other students and help them along on their educational pursuits. He was extremely passionate about it when he was at school, so for him to pass down the torch to me, to kinda continue on I guess now what’s considered a family legacy, it was the biggest honor I could receive while being in college. Really, tangibly, it is something that has changed my college experience for the better. I know that it’s something that not a lot of people gets to really physically see, the betterment of another person. Hi, I’m Arianna. I’m Jesse. Nice to meet you. (upbeat music) Tower Guard was my first real exposure to anybody with disabilities. It opened my eyes to the humanity of people with disabilites. It’s a great model for a well functioning society, where we work together to find our way, and figure things out. I think what it really shows is how compassionate, how warm, how engaged our young people are, and how they truly do wanna make a difference and have an impact on the world. And I think it’s the kinda thing that should give us a sense of hope and optimism for the future. (soft music) I don’t think coming to Michigan State would’ve been possible without those services. The Toward Guard and RCPD provided the services that were necessary for him to achieve his potential. It’s been a life changer. It’s just really benefitted me this year, and I’m really blessed to have it here. It’s not just about getting by, it’s about excelling, getting the full MSU experience, deriving the maximum opportunity. I think what Tower Guard really does, is it allows for us to see the best in everybody. (soft music)