Student president: Make the most of opportunities at Western
Newly elected Associated Students President Carly
Roberts encourages students to be active participants
in their education. “People here are driven ... to learn
how to build up their communities.”
Photo by Cade Schmidt | AS Review/Publicity Center
By Preston VanSanden
University Communications and Marketing Intern
Western offers more than an education, but a culture of community, says Carly Roberts, president of the Associated Students.
“I value Western’s culture,” she says. “The people here are very driven to not just build themselves up through their education but to learn how to build up their communities.”
Roberts is a first generation college student from Tumwater, who has always known she was headed toward higher education.
“I was 5 years old standing in my grandma’s kitchen with my hands on my hips, saying, ‘I’m going to go to college.’”
But when she was a freshman in Nash Hall, she admits to not taking advantage of all the opportunities afforded to Western students. Some of her favorite resources include the Associated Students, Western’s Counseling Center and the many opportunities found at the library.
“Don’t waste your education on Netflix,” Roberts advises new students. “Don’t be a passive recipient of your education but an active participant in it.”
As president of Western’s student government, Roberts says her first job is to represent the student voice to upper-level administrative bodies at the university, as well as to the state and federal government.
“One of my largest responsibilities is being a ‘point person’ that students and community members can bring their concerns to,” she says.
Roberts is majoring in Political Science and Economics and looks to be a professional problem solver in the future.
Last year, Roberts was the AS vice-president for Activities but always had a glimmer of hope of being the president. She saw an opportunity to continue serving students.
“I am a hard voter to convince and I wouldn’t run if I wouldn’t vote for myself,” she says.
She felt really honored that her fellow students trusted her with the responsibility of representing them, she says.
But she wants to make sure incoming students who did not have the opportunity to vote are represented as well. A Western student is a Western student, Roberts says, and she wants to hear all of their voices.
“[Western President] Bruce Shepard shared with me a phrase that made an impact on him, and that was ‘Never stop interviewing for the job.’ So that is what I am going to do.”