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Luke Bennewitz, Senior political science major and pre-law student - New Berlin, WI

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Luke Bennewitz

Only one-third of incoming freshmen already know what they want to study and will actually graduate with that major. Luke Bennewitz is one of them.

Three years ago, he aspired to attend law school, so he immersed himself in political science. Along the way, he discovered a passion for international affairs and learned more about who he is and who he wants to become.

Luke realized that becoming an elected public official is "not unobtainable. You don't have to be part of the elite. This generation is more progressive – we see what is within our grasp."

A summer internship in Washington, D.C., provided him firsthand knowledge of public service. Luke worked with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Office of the Secretary. He experienced how government agencies interact and saw how public policies affect multiple areas, as well as how issues can be solved more effectively with better communication.

Luke will take those lessons back to Student Senate in his second term as president. As "one of the most rewarding experiences of [his] life," Senate has helped Luke develop his leadership style while he interacts with lots of great people, including his vice president and roommate, Trent Mortimer. "It's amazing what you can achieve in a student organization," Luke said.

He also keeps busy as news editor of the New Perspective and is a resident assistant in Frontier Hall. Luke claims this fall is a "more laid-back semester" because he's only taking 14 credits. But law school is the next step, so he'll be studying for the LSAT and immersing himself in the application process.

Meanwhile, the reality of his last year at Carroll is beginning to sink in. "This is a place I call home," he said. It will be sad to graduate in May, but I couldn't have asked for anything better from a college. I have no words to describe Carroll, to do it justice. My experience here has been that rewarding."

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