Effecting Change Today

By:  Guillermo Gumieny


For Social Sciences students of UPRM

Ariadhne Padilla Diffoot was elected president of the Social Sciences Organization of the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez on August 2012 at the start of this semester because of her highly motivated attitude towards influencing younger students and showing the valuable assets that this organization can bring to one’s life.   On September 11, 2012 the group held its first meeting of the year in which approximately thirty students attended.  The people who attended the meeting consisted of former or past members and new students who were interested in forming part of the organization. 

After Ariadhne  presented the vice-president and secretary of the group she expressed why she thought the Social Sciences Organization of the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez could bring so many positive experiences.  Charitable activities were one of the top topics of the reunion.  The importance of helping others, those who truly need a hand in a time of need, is something that has to come from the heart. 

This SSO emphasizes the ideal of helping others without getting absolutely anything in exchange and that is a moral value that humanity must learn to apply more often, by doing so we would leave selfishness aside.  SSO also plans to organize fundraisers this year.  They will be held in different restaurants.  “Fundraisers are a great way of getting to know one another and create special bonds within the group”, said Padilla Diffoot. 

After the fundraisers are done the Social Sciences Organization will be organizing meetings with other organizations within the campus in order get to know people from other departments and exchange ideas.   

In order to become a member of this great organization one must pass through an initiation night.  This year’s initiation is scheduled to be on Friday October 26, 2012 in the Biology building of the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez.  Incoming students, will be introduced to current members, and will receive certificates indicating that they officially have become members of the Social Sciences Organization.  Later in the semester the group plans to have a Christmas Get Together which will be organized to thank those who helped the group. 

Joining the Social Sciences Organization is a great experience and will also benefit one’s academic success in the future.  By becoming a member one learns certain values that have been lost in today’s society.  This meeting expressed so many details that suggest that becoming a member of this organization can only bring good and positive ideals. 


The initiation ceremony of the Social Sciences Organization, held in the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez in 2011, was a total success. Activities like this one, give students the opportunity of making new acquaintances and expanding their knowledge.



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