New Cayuga Community College Student Trustee Daniel Charles is looking forward to representing his fellow students on the College Board of Trustees and is hoping to enhance communication between students and college leaders.
A 2012 graduate of the Auburn Enlarged City School District, Charles is in his first semester at Cayuga, where he’s pursuing an Associate of Science Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Math and Science.
Charles, who is 24, was sworn in as the new Student Trustee on November 15.
“I thought I might be too busy at first to be the Student Trustee, between classes and my other commitments, but this was a great opportunity,” said Charles. “I want to make the most of the Cayuga experience, and the real-world experience that being a part of the College Board of Trustees provides was too good to turn down.”
Charles has wasted little time in becoming engrained in the Cayuga community.
He’s already tutoring other students in biology, anatomy and physiology, is the president of the Science Club and a member of the Student Government Organization, and is pursuing an internship next semester with a Cayuga professor.
That enthusiasm and desire to take advantage of every opportunity Cayuga provides its students is part of what will make Charles an excellent addition to the College Board of Trustees, said Cayuga President Dr. Brian Durant and Board Chair Dr. Linda Van Buskirk.
“Daniel’s passion for Cayuga Community College and his respect for his fellow students make him an excellent addition to our College Board of Trustees,” said Durant. “Daniel has already shown his eagerness to help other students through his work as a tutor, and on our Board of Trustees he can continue those efforts. We’re excited to work with him and are proud to have him represent our students.”
“Daniel is everything we hope for in a Student Trustee: Dedicated, hard-working, intelligent and determined to represent our students and help them address any concerns or questions they may have,” said Van Buskirk. “I am excited to work with him moving forward and to hear his ideas on how the college can better serve our students.”
Charles enrolled at Cayuga after working in the culinary industry at several restaurants in the Auburn area. Nearing the end of his first semester, Charles said his time at Cayuga so far has been “wonderful.”
“I was nervous at first about being a non-traditional student, but I felt very welcomed by all my classmates, and I’ve developed strong relationships with my professors,” he said. “As time has gone on, I think I made the smart decision in waiting to enroll in college until I knew what I wanted to study. That patience is paying off.”
Charles is planning on transferring after earning his Associate of Science Degree, and is hoping to work in the fields of pharmaceutical development or pathology.