Carter McCauley, a college of science and engineering senator, won Student Senator of the Week due to the amount of work he has put into the senate this semester.
Student Senator of the Week is chosen by Student Senate’s public relations representative, Jacqueline Florillo. According to Ben Reimler, Student Senate President, she chooses someone who has put in a lot of input at that meeting or has brought forth a project for senate to work on.
According to Reimler, even though McCauley joined Student Senate this past semester, he has contributed a lot to senate in his short time, according to Reimler. Reimler believes that McCauley won for many reasons.
“Carter has really demonstrated throughout his time on senate this semester that he is always willing to step up and fill a leadership position,” Reimler said. “He is willing to go above and beyond for students, which is why we are all here.”
McCauley is not only one of the college of science and engineering senators, but he took on interim chair of student services when the previous chair stepped down.
“I knew a lot about [the committee], so they just asked me to step in for her,” McCauley said.
McCauley said that the person who held the position before him is the one who persuaded him to run for senate in the first place.
Now, McCauley likes to interact with students he would have otherwise not met, be a part of major decisions and learn more about the Winona State campus.
McCauley is working on a mentorship program currently. He hopes that upperclassman pre-med students will mentor underclassman students who are also looking to be pre-med.
According to Reimler, the program should be up and running for next semester.
“[He] always takes that extra step and is able to balance a lot of different activities that he has going on, which is really impressive,” Reimler said.
McCauley is majoring in cellular and molecular biology with a pre-med focus, with a minor in biochemistry.
After McCauley graduates in December, he will be going to medical school for the next four years. Then he hopes to be in his residency after that. McCauley shared how student senate will help him stand out.
“I have to learn to spread out my time and use my time wisely because I am involved with a lot of things,” McCauley said. “So being able to spread out my time, being a leader, also being able to stand out in my residency, making sure that I make the right decisions. That is definitely
what senate is going to prepare me for.”
In his free time, he likes to hang out with friends, work out and binge watch “How I Met Your Mother” and “Limitless” on Netflix. He is also a “brewisto” at Blooming Grounds.
“I have been working there for the past year,” McCauley said. “So, I can make a mean latte.”
Reimler shared a few last thoughts on McCauley.
“From the moment that you meet him he is very humble and very down to earth. He is someone who is always willing to listen and works really hard for student interest,” Reimler said.