Hey there! My name is Charlotte Lenkaitis and I am a first-year studying Global Health with a minor in Spanish. Currently I serve as the president for Petersen Residence Hall and love volunteering at the Food Pantry at Iowa and at Table to Table. Recently, I joined the executive team for the Clothing Closet on campus and am excited to be a part of an organization that is in its beginning stages. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors. I especially like to run, roller-blade and play sand volleyball. I am extremely passionate about bringing people together and sharing genuine human interactions.
I expected the transition to college to be super easy, but finding a new support system at a new place can be really difficult. However, it hasn’t taken very long to feel like I know people on campus. That’s something I love about Iowa - the interconnectedness is so cool. While campus feels so big, it can feel small at the same time. The community here is so vibrant as well. There’s always a lot going on, and I like how the Iowa City community is integrated into campus.
Big picture-wise, I hope to change people’s minds and individual behaviors in a way so that people see the world as a shared place, and they need to take their part in taking care of it. Through UISG, I would like to work towards that goal by trying to increase compost on campus, decrease food waste in the dining halls, and work towards implementing a sustainability director into each student organization. When I’m really passionate about an issue, I go full force and put all my heart into something to make sure it really happens, and I definitely think that would apply to anything I’d do in UISG.