“READ when you get here. Get informed and ask questions about all your options. Like Socrates said, ‘The unexamined life is not worth living.’ ”
One of the most amazing times in the life of Franzo Carrera was the two millennial weeks he spent traveling in Europe with his family “My dad studied in Italy, and we went all over the place during the Millennium. Rome, the Vatican, Florence, Venice: You name it. It was a
experience.” And one that Franzo hopes will help him segue into a prominent role through Associated Students in helping other ‘less-than-local’ students.
“The AS offices are filled with the answers you need to be successful at SMC. If you need anything in terms of resources, we’re there for you. But I’m running for AS Commissioner of International and Nonresident Students because the costs for them have really gone up lately. And what’s happening at the state and federal levels just all seems to be going downhill,” he says with genuine concern. “They’re taking away schools and hospitals and pointing the finger at foreign people. And that’s ridiculous because—if this world’s going to change for the better—it’s gonna come about through educating young people. The future of America starts right here.”
Though he’s currently following his father’s career in fashion design, it’s on the international political front—not in the couture houses—that Franzo wants to make his mark. “I want to study international policy and law, and maybe work at the federal level to make positive changes,” he says. “My thinking about these things really got started when—through a program in my high school—I got to spend a week in Sacramento watching the political processes in action. It’s just an area of life where I feel I could make a real difference.” Arnold: make room for Franzo….