SGA President Encourage Freshmen to Find Community

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To senior Zach Carter, the perfect weekend would include watching romantic comedies on Netflix back home in Texas, only pausing to explore restaurants he’s never been to before. But come Monday morning, it’s back to business as usual.
Carter is serving as UCA’s Student Government Association president for the 2015-2016 school year. Carter joined SGA his sophomore year as the sophomore representative because he wanted to make an impact on the university and help students in a bigger way than he was. He served his junior year as executive vice president.
Carter said he was thankful for the opportunity to serve the student body one more time before he graduates. “As SGA president, I want to continue to increase our diversity in senate, reach out to even more students and evaluate our current senate structure,” he said.
 Last year, SGA voted to add an international senator, which Carter said was a step in the right direction toward increasing SGA’s diversity.
Carter said he also wants to ensure that students know about SGA so people from all the parts of the student body will apply. SGA prepared him for the real world more than any other aspect of UCA, he said. “It has taught me how to run efficient meetings and professionalism traits that I can take with me anywhere I go,” he said.
Despite where he is today, Carter was once a freshman roaming the halls of Short and Denney Hall with a lanyard around his neck. “My advice to incoming freshmen is: you’re going to screw up, and that’s OK,” he said. “It’s all about how you recover. No one expects an 18-year-old fresh out of high school to have it all together.”
Going into his fourth year at UCA, Carter said his favorite part about the university is the community, an aspect he hopes all freshmen will discover. “I’m convinced that there’s nowhere else where you find so many loving, caring and genuine people in one place,” he said. “People here put a strong emphasis on relationships and service. It is amazing to be around so many people who want to see others do just as well.”
Although Carter has made UCA his home, being a Bear wasn’t his first choice when applying for schools. After also looking at the University of Arkansas—Fayetteville and Texas Christian College, Carter decided to go to UCA because it was the most affordable option for him and his family.
 Once at UCA, he began getting involved in campus, not only in SGA, but also in the Black Male Achievement Challenge, the Student Orientation Staff, and the Theta Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, of which he now serves as president.
Carter, a broadcast journalism major and marketing minor who graduated from Little Rock, plans to work in sports marketing/branding and media after leaving UCA.
With all eyes on the upcoming year, Carter said he wants to help make students’ college experience better.
“I just want the student body to know that they can come to me and talk about anything,” he said. “I am interested in hearing everyone’s story.”
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