Adrianna Williams had an idea and was determined to make sure it happened. Williams, a junior at Langston University, decided it was expensive to live on campus and have to pay for laundry services. Because she attended Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where laundry services were included in tuition, she wanted to see if she could get that implemented, not just at Langston University, but on every campus in Oklahoma. So, she not only wrote a bill that would make this happen, she went to congress and got it passed.
“I had never written a bill, but my friend Robert Couch had,” explained Williams. “I used a template that he had used and wrote up this bill.”
Writing the bill was only half of the process. Williams then had to take the bill and present it to a committee group. Once it passed through the committee the bill went in front of congress.
Williams recalled, “I was nervous. I had stage fright presenting the bill in front of all of those people.”
After some amendments had been made, the bill did indeed pass. It was signed off by the President of the Oklahoma Student Government Association and will enable every student living on a college campus in Oklahoma to have laundry services included in their tuition. Williams hopes that it will go into effect in the fall of 2020.
“I couldn’t have done any of this without my friends and colleagues that were there to support me,” stated Williams. “I thank them so much for the critiquing and support that they gave me that day.”
Williams ended with this advice, “If you have an idea you’re passionate about go for it. Even if you don’t think others will think it’s a great idea, move forward. You never know what will happen if you don’t try."