Spartans of UD: Carolena Lund

Oct 7, 2020

Spartans of UD highlights what makes University of Dubuque special – the people.

Carolena Lund, of Naperville, Illinois, is a sophomore triple majoring in criminal justice, politics, and communication.

 1. As president of the UD Dems, why do you feel it’s important for college students to vote?

“Your vote is your say in what happens to our future. Politics and government influence our everyday lives and our important future goals. If you don’t vote, you’re letting someone else take control over your life without your say. It’s important that students vote so they can secure the future that they want to see down the line – especially as we are about to enter the workforce where government heavily influences its policies.”

2. How did you get interested in politics?

“I volunteered for the governor of Illinois’ campaign when I was in high school. There I fell in love with the personal conversations I got to have with people from my community about issues they really cared about. It was eye opening to see how connected our communities are to politics. I then jumped onto the state side of things with an internship with a State Rep. I was able to solve people’s problems with local resources. I learned that politics is a way for people to solve their problems and better the community – something that I hope to keep doing beyond graduation.”

3. You have a full slate of classes with three majors and are active on campus as president of the UD Dems, vice president of the Pre-Law Program, a sophomore representative on the Student Government Association, and a member of women’s soccer. How are you able to balance everything?

“I make sure that I set time aside away from all responsibilities and take some me time. It’s very important that I take time to ‘recharge my battery’ and be able to relax after the stresses of the week. This means that oftentimes I have to say no to some of my friends when they want to go out. I learned very quickly that I am my own best advocate and have to speak up for my needs. I can’t push myself without giving myself a break.”

4. What advice do you have for other Spartans?

“Students need to get involved in campus! It’s the best way to stay in the know about campus events and feel that you are a part of UD’s culture. Not only does it build resumes, being involved is a great way to make connections that you’ll carry with you forever. I’ve met some of my greatest friends through clubs and have gotten opportunities that I would never have gotten to do had I not joined a club on campus!”

5. Where is your favorite spot on campus? Why?

“I love the outdoor seating outside Sylvia’s Common Ground. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy the nice weather while still being able to get some of my school work done. Being as busy as I am I enjoy the times when I can just sit back and enjoy the day which is easy to do outside Sylvia’s.”