Tony Caravano explains how he became involved in Student Government and the leadership positions he held in high school. Interview on November 4, 2011. (2:01)


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Caravano: I only ran for student body president, right? 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:03.489
Quick: Twice. [laughter] 00:00:03.489 - 00:00:05.390
Caravano: I think that's the only electable position that I held, right? Yeah, never senate- 00:00:05.390 - 00:00:12.148
Quick: The judicial board's not elected. 00:00:12.148 - 00:00:15.792
Caravano: In high school, I was really, really spoiled in high school. 00:00:15.792 - 00:00:19.581
I was president of my class freshman year through senior year and I just thought that was one of the funnest things ever; 00:00:19.581 - 00:00:25.224
a little bit of responsibility, more each year. 00:00:25.224 - 00:00:29.514
Being responsible for outcomes that your peers are going to enjoy, or you hope they're going to enjoy I really liked, 00:00:29.514 - 00:00:35.896
so I have this note, this like journal entry from-. Gosh, I was seventeen. I was a senior in high school. 00:00:35.896 - 00:00:42.962
t says: "I'd like to be the student body president at North Carolina State University." 00:00:42.962 - 00:00:46.367
I get to NC State and I said I don't want to be the student body president at North Carolina State University; 00:00:46.367 - 00:00:52.381
I actually want to be-. I want to play a smaller role in the larger organization of student government, 00:00:52.381 - 00:01:00.512
so I wanted to impact an individual's life rather than doing this big thing. 00:01:00.512 - 00:01:03.629
Like I thought I'd had my fair share of the bigger leadership from high school and I had no idea what I was talking about. 00:01:03.629 - 00:01:08.859
Slowly I realized, you know, I think by the middle of my sophomore year I realized that that was probably limiting. 00:01:08.859 - 00:01:17.526
There were so many things that I was interested in impacting campus wise 00:01:17.526 - 00:01:22.533
that seeing the opportunity to run for student body president kind of leapt out at me, 00:01:22.533 - 00:01:26.985
and it was back to that original note from the seventeen-year-old, not the freshman who said, nah, I definitely don't want to do that. 00:01:26.985 - 00:01:34.814
So that's sort of the evolution for me but a lot of it had to do with Wolf Aides and then, like I said, 00:01:34.814 - 00:01:40.352
those other leaders that when you're a freshman and you're looking up to these guys and these ladies you're really impressed by them and you want to be that. 00:01:40.352 - 00:01:47.529
You may not want to hold the position but you want to be like they are, and they were just great role models. 00:01:47.529 - 00:01:53.061

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