This archived article was written by: Terlynn Westphal
Born in New York City, Alex Anderson attends Utah State University Eastern representing students as the executive vice president of services and academics.
The transition from city to small town allowed Anderson to learn about herself and form her world views. “The culture shock was real. Also, I thought tumbleweed only happened in movies, the first time I saw a corn field, I thought they were carrots. Then, I fell in a hole and broke my ankle.”
Despite Anderson’s encounters with nature, it is obvious to her that society’s view on global warming needs to change. “As a world, we need to come together and realize it is going to affect us and our kids in the future.” She adds, “as an individual, there is not much you can do to help with the crisis. It’s the big companies sending large amounts of pollution into the air.” Anderson explains that it is nice to have a good attitude about saving the Earth one carpool at a time, but in reality, that’s just not going to cut it. Anderson holds a high respect for psychology and those that practice it and loves politics. “We often try to analyze the world around us but not our self.
I like the idea of taking a step back to see how we are affecting the world and being affected by the world.”Anderson hopes to apply her interest in psychology and realism to the foster care system.
“At a certain age, foster children are labeled as ‘undesirables’. I am lucky to not have to go through that myself, but I would love to help people go through that.”
“As far as politics, I hope that one day I might be a senator or house representative. I feel like I’d do a good job at speaking to the people and connecting with my constituents.”