Carla Shutrop graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in May 2009 with a major in political science, minor in business management. A few of the organizations she was involved in were the College Republicans, Student Senate, and Diversity Leadership Council.
1) What about your college experience influenced where you are today? In trying to better the campus community and make changes on campus while a student I learned how to navigate the processes and found success. This gave me the knowledge and confidence to continue to work to make a difference in my community once I was finished with college.
2) What is the most exciting thing that you do in your job? The most exciting thing I do in my job as a school board member is hand out diplomas at graduation. This is the most exciting because this is the end goal for all our students, to have achieved academic success. We want them to be prepared for their next step, whether that be a job, votech, or a four year university.
3) What book should everybody read, and why? The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino. It is a quick and short read on the philosophy of salesmanship and success, but it can be applied to everything in life. It shows that no matter where you start, even with very little, success is possible as long as you persist and believe.
4) Who or what is inspiring your work these days? The kids, because they are the future. We only have one shot and we need to get it right the first time. Our kids deserve to have nothing but the best education and as a school board member it is my due diligence to ensure they get nothing but the best.
5) What are you passionate about? I am passionate about changing the status quo and settling for nothing but the best. My job is not done until all of our students are successful in dreaming big and reaching those dreams. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.”
We’re starting a new type of blog post, asking alumni of Minnesota Campus Compact member institutions about their civic experiences and reflections. If you have people you’d like to hear from or questions you’d like to ask, please let us know — or ask someone questions yourself and send us the results to share.