By Kristin Fabos, Cabrillo College spokeswoman
In a general election held at the end of spring semester, Charlotte Achen was re-elected president of the Associated Students of Cabrillo College (ASCC), Cabrillo College’s Student Senate, for the first time since the college was founded in 1959.
“I am very excited to be serving the students of Cabrillo College for a second consecutive year,” said Achen. “It is my goal to see that the students are well represented and their concerns are heard.”
Since 2009, Achen has been involved with the Cabrillo College Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS) Honor Society as vice president of fundraising. She then became president of AGS in 2010. Achen was elected president of ASCC and began her first term in spring 2011.
Although the commitment of leadership was challenging, Achen found it rewarding to help motivate other people to get involved and do their best. As ASCC president, Achen has been very determined to ensure that the Senate is effective, that student senators are engaged in actively representing the students.
“We are very proud of Charlotte's unprecedented accomplishment at Cabrillo,” said Sesario Escoto, Cabrillo College Dean of Student Services and ASCC Advisor. “Charlotte demonstrates a very high level of organizational skill and constantly challenges her senators to plan ahead and provide the best service possible to all students of Cabrillo College. She encourages her fellow senators to take the job of representing students very seriously and doesn't hesitate to model the way.”
During her time at Cabrillo College, Achen has attributed much of her success to the Academy for College Excellence (ACE) program, which provided her with leadership skills and self-confidence. While in the ACE Program, she discovered that she had a passion and talent for public speaking. Since then, she has become a full-time Cabrillo student majoring in Sociology. She plans to graduate in spring 2013 and is applying to transfer to Stanford University or Evergreen State College in Washington. Ultimately, she would like to pursue a Master's Degree in Public Administration.
ASCC president Charlotte Achen and the rest of the Cabrillo College Student Senate were officially sworn in during a May 24 Student Senate meeting.