Student Body Government Elections: Josiah Carter for Vice President

In anticipation of the Student Body Government elections, the YellowJacket has submitted a questionnaire for each candidate to share about themselves. To find out more about Josiah and his views on current campus issues and student events, come to the debates Tuesday, February 21st, at 8:00 pm in MSC3.

Name: Josiah Carter

Office you are running for: Vice President

What is your background?

I’m a mechanical engineering major living on 4B. As to where I’m from… There is a very long, complicated answer for that, but the short version is I’m an MK from Africa. I spent my early formative years in Zambia and later transitioned to Kenya, where I was until I graduated from high school. And here I am.

What are your interests, or what activities/organizations are you involved with on campus?

For a while I was involved in the rugby club. I play in the jazz band; I play intramural soccer, and of course participate in Senate. Most of my daylight hours (aside from class) are taken up by my work at Facilities Services.

What is your leadership experience?

In high school I was a section leader in the band. I was also a manager for a for-profit group that catered food at sporting events and the like.

What made you want to run for office?

I really have been wanting for quite some time now to do more to influence my community for the better. I see a way that something could be improved, but I am continually frustrated because I am never able to see it through to completion. So it works out that Vice President is a position ideally suited for just such a task. The VP has access to both information and resources that are not generally available to your average student, in addition to regularly rubbing shoulders with people who would have the know-how, resources, and authority to accomplish most any task. It really is a perfect match for my goal, which is to aid and to serve the student body, as well as make this university a better place in general.

Who is your hero / role model?

That’s a tough one. There are so many different amazing men I draw from, I don’t know that I can name any one more than the others— men who have changed their world, made the best of bad situations, led by example, and chosen to glorify God with their lives. Men like my father, Jose Cosa, Bill Gates, Pastor Julian, King David, Eric Liddell, William Wallace, St. Francis of Assisi, just to name a few. And of course this one guy Jesus. He’s a pretty cool guy.

What is your favorite thing about LETU? Favorite memory here?

I love the freedom here. People complain about the rules, restrictions, and policies, but I love how each group of students can just unashamedly be themselves. Whether from MEK or Auto Society or PAS, anyone can be who they want to be, and the rest of us don’t necessarily have to choose any one camp to belong to. Sure, not everyone always gets along, but no one has to make any apologies for who they are. I can tell a Star Trek joke, a rugby joke, or even a “you know you’re an MK when” joke and someone will actually get the pun and laugh at all of them. I can bust out in a praise song in the lunch line and not only will I NOT be jumped on to stop, but I may even have a few kids join in with me. That just doesn’t happen in other places.

To address my memories: I live in Tyler Hall—we’ll leave it at that.

If your campaign had a motto, what would it be? (or favorite quote, Bible verse, etc)

It may not be perfect, but this is the only world we have. Let’s get started and make it a better one!

I John 3:18 “Let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth.”

If you attend or are a member of a local church, where do you go?

One of the things I really appreciate about this place is that there is such a huge variety of options for that. I have been doing my best to get a wide sampling (places like Crossroads, Fellowship Bible, Kilgore Bible, Christ the King, Hope Fellowship, Mobberly Baptist, etc.), but I still haven’t even made it to the half-way mark yet. There are so many different choices that I simply do not have enough Sundays to visit them all. Even better than that, though, is the fact that I don’t even need to. There are so many good, strong believers challenging me all around campus, I don’t have to wait until Sunday morning to get my worship and fellowship in—I can do that all day, every day. Sunday morning is the cherry on top.

Any other interesting information about you:

I’m not shy. Come ask me anything you want, anytime. Tyler East, room 404.

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