If college were a competitive sport, UNC Asheville SGA President Leigh Whittaker would be the team captain. The junior political science and environmental management and policy double major from Raleigh was elected SGA president in 2013, and she’s already planning ways to apply her environmental studies minor and change campus habits so it becomes more green.
“I always say that my professors are like my coaches,” Whittaker said. “Life is the game, and this is the political arena. They’ll say ‘This is all the stuff that is messed up and you are going to fix it.’ They prepare us by making us write and think critically. It’s changed my perspective on learning, making me like it a lot more, making me love it really.”