Despite the fact that Palomar College’s Associated Student Government has lost a number of the members due to ineligibility, a few old members have remained and a few new faces have joined.
One of the old members, ASG Senator Reza Nemovi, started his third semester as part of the ASG and said a lot of his past experiences and struggles led him to where he is today.
Reza Nemovi is a 39 year old aerospace engineering major originally from Tehran, Iran and he moved to the United States when he was nine years old.
After high school, Nemovi did not go to college right away. Instead, he found a job working on cars but due to a skydiving accident, which damaged his spine, he was paralyzed and was bound to a wheelchair for four years.
Nemovi said this handicap cost him his career, his finances and his good health.
“I had all the certifications in automotive, I was making relatively good money, probably ready to get married and then this happened. Life came to a complete halt,” he said.
According to Nemovi, it was not until a friend gave him a book, “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, that inspired him and motivated him to “get out of bed in the morning.” That along with his passion for flying aircraft drove him out of his depression, out of his negativity and eventually to the ASG.
Nemovi said his reason for joining the ASG was his way of “giving back to the community”.
“(‘Think and Grow Rich’) taught me you have to give back for what you receive,” he said.
He also mentioned that the student government should be a team of good leaders and that every great leader “leads by example.”
Nemovi’s plans for the ASG are to help the student government become a more effective governing body, promote more student outreach to recruit new members and to continue implementing the G.R.A.D. (Goals, Responsibility, Attitude, Determination) program, which is a system that promotes student academic success.
Nemovi’s personal goal is to transfer to M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) next year and eventually establish his own space exploration company.
The most important message he has for students is “be who you want to be in your mind.”