University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Carli Johnson is a first
semester freshman with a current major of Nuclear Medicine
Technology with a Pre-Physician’s Assistant emphasis. She
is not quite sure about whether or not she will stay in the
Nuclear Medicine Technology major, but will stay in the
Health Science field unless something changes drastically.
Carli is from Combined Locks, Wisconsin which is a little
village near Appleton which is about forty minutes South of
Green Bay. Combined Locks is part of the Kimberly Area
School District and Carli attended each Kindergarten through
twelfth grade in the district.
Carli had no idea where she wanted to go to college; all that she knew was that she wanted to stay semi-close to home which meant probably staying in state and she did not want to go to a huge school where she would be just a number. The summer before Carli’s senior year of high school she toured 13 colleges in the state of Wisconsin over a three week time frame. The visits helped her to eliminate some options of where to attend and she ended up applying to UW-L, UW-Green Bay, and Marquette University. As the May 1st deadline approached, Carli was struggling to decide between Marquette and UW-L, but with one more visit and meetings with advisors and admission counselors at both schools Carli solidified her decision to come to UW-L because she felt wanted, valued, and that she would fit in better here than at Marquette.
Carli was quick to become involved when she arrived at UW-L. One of her favorite activities thus far was the Student Organization/Involvement Fair. Carli loves to be involved, always has been and always will. There were so many organizations Carli wanted to be part of and she wishes she could be in all of them, but she had to pick. Carli is part of the Coate Neighborhood Hall Council Executive Team as the elected Treasurer, played intramural volleyball, and helps out with lots of the RA’s programs within Coate Hall. Carli truly wishes she could major in Student Organization Involvement because of her passion for being involved, but sadly no such major exists.
Originally, Student Association was not one of the organizations Carli planned on joining. She heard about the open Senate seats from one of the other Directors that came and presented in her UWL 100 class. The presentation sparked an interest in her so she attended the meeting the next day just to see what it was like. She got in contact with some of the leaders of the organization, inquiring about the open seats and looking for information because she thought being a Senator in Student Association would be a really great way to stay informed about what is going on around campus as well as be involved in making campus a great place to be. One of the open Senate seats was for a freshman senator, so Carli took advantage of the opportunity and now is an official Freshman Senator.
Carli really hopes to gain lots of information about campus through her involvement in Student Association as well as the opportunity to make a difference in her campus community. Living in a freshman residence hall gives Carli the perfect opportunity to interact with her constituents which she hopes will help her to be able to reach out and address their questions, concerns, and comments. Carli hopes that she along with her fellow senators will be able to maintain, if not improve, the environment in which UW-L students live, learn, and lead.