Even sitting quietly in Starbucks, Kelsey Keny does not blend in.

Within a 30-minute period, four people stop by to say hello to the newly-selected 2014 Student Government Association president, offering their congratulations and gushing about their beloved friend.

By evidence of Keny's popularity today, it's hard to believe she was once a freshman transfer student from Belmont.

"I didn't really know what the heck I was doing," she said.

But upon arriving in Big Orange Country, Keny wasted no time in making her mark. In her first three years as a Vol, she became a UT singer, SGA press secretary and a Volunteer Channel anchor – not to mention a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

In fact, Keny organized the first live SGA debate her sophomore year – an event she would later experience from the other side of camera lens.

It was this experience that first sparked her interest in SGA. Now, Keny is the seventh female SGA president in UT history.

"For me, it was all about the job," she said. "It was never about the title."

During the last year, Keny got an even closer look at the ways in which SGA can impact students' lives through service on several executive committees.

While serving on the dining services committee, for example, Keny discussed the controversial meal plan proposal with administrators and fellow student representatives.

After getting to participate in such meaningful conversations, Keny was hooked.

"I was like whoa, I want to keep being a part of these sorts of conversation and opportunities to represent students and help students," she said.

Between her love for communicating and her love for UT, the job description for SGA president felt like a perfect fit.

"I thought being student body president would be an awesome opportunity to help people that way," Keny said, "just by talking to people and getting to know people."

Even days after her win, Keny is still euphoric – she has to wake up every morning and remind herself she and now-vice president Connor Dugosh won.

She's not sure how it happened, but she knows she "had a blast."

"I want to believe its because they somehow related to us and saw what we wanted to bring to these jobs and how much we really cared," she said. "I'm really happy they believed in us, because I believed in us a whole lot. "

But Keny and Dugosh won't be waiting until next semester to start acting on their campaign policies.

Come Fall, Keny hopes to already have established the All Vol tailgate, "a place on gameday that all students can go to and feel included."

The ability to use All Star and Dining Dollars in Neyland is also a priority. Above all, though, Keny hopes to close the gap between students and SGA.

"We want to be directly involved in the lives of the student body," Keny said, "because we are students."

Next year, she plans to attend the meetings and events of many student organizations, like Project V.E.G.G.I.E. and Panhellenic. Along the way, Keny hopes to document SGA's outreach across campus.

"It's about not being so focused on us," she said, "and being more focused on every other organization, every other student at Tennessee."

With this broader perspective of student life in mind, UT's new SGA president hopes to create a "home" for students on campus – not unlike the way she once created a home for herself at UT.

"I want to be someone really relatable for people when they get to UT. I am so thrilled about getting to welcome freshman to UT and make them feel comfortable here.

"I can't wait to see what next year is going to be like."