It’s not often that we get to interview a classy gentleman, but when we do, it’s quite a treat. We were lucky enough to sit down with Sacramento City College’s anthropology club president, Curtis Rogers, and dabble into his life as an executive. What we learned from the fun-loving, genuine Rogers was inspiring, to say the least.
College Lifestyles™: What is your major?
Curtis Rogers: Anthropology with a focus in archaeology.
CL: What inspired you to run for president of the anthropology club at Sacramento City College?
CR: A professor whom I look up to encouraged me to fill the vacancy. The former club president had transferred to a university.
CL: Why anthropology?
CR: I believe we are all anthropologists. We are always trying to figure each other out. I was in sales, and the psychology of sales inspired me to learn more about the wide variation that being a human being entails.
CL: What is your favorite part about being the anthropology club president?
CR: I love being part of a strong tradition. It’s also really awesome to be providing a place for like-minded anthropologists to come together and build a community that lasts beyond the short two-year/transitional environment of a community college.
CL: What is your least favorite part?
CR: Being the center of attention!
CL: As club president, what sort of responsibilities do you have?
CR: Mostly planning and scheduling our events. I also do some grant writing to get funds for the club. Lastly, I’d say I definitely participate in promoting the club on campus.
CL: What kind of events do you put on or attend as club president?
CR: I attend biweekly meetings on campus, which are academically structured. Off campus events also happen (about every two months), where we will go to museums or view living history demonstrations. We will also go out to dinner at culturally exotic restaurants so we may gain personal connections with the people working there. It’s always interesting to hear of their experiences living in America.
CL: Do you have any future goals/plans for the anthropology club?
CR: There is always a district wide anthropology conference, and this year it’s Sac City College’s turn to host it. It’s going to take a lot of planning and collaborating. Other than that, my biggest goal for the future is to begin helping students now, for their careers once they leave Sac City College. I want to foster connections that benefit them for life, even at a community college.
CL: What is your dream job?
CR: Space cowboy. Until that is a thing, a paleobotanist or a martitime archaeologist. A paleobotanist studies plant matter, like pollen, and uses the data to understand the past and the future world. A maritime archaeologist is someone who does archaeology under water – like ship wrecks and things.
CL: Which anthropology classes have you taken and which was your absolute favorite?
CR: There are four branches: archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics and physical anthropology. Physical anthropology was a great class; really interesting to put a scientific outlook on things that seem whimsical. I’d have to say that archaeology was my favorite though. It ties the other branches into anthropology in general.
CL: What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about running for a leadership position, such as a club or campus president?
CR: You need to go out there and get yourself known to people, personally. The amount of people you meet personally is worth 10 social media followers. Those people you have a personal connection with may become invested in your cause and they can do your advertising for you. Surround yourself with people who fill in your weaknesses.
From Roger’s standpoint, the modern social network should definitely include more face-to-face relationships than cyber space connections. In our technology driven world today, it’s easy to forget this simple fact. Connections are key!
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Images courtesy of Curtis Rogers.