A lot of college kids don’t really know much about their college towns (besides where you can get the cheapest beer, of course). In many cases, the town is like an airport in a connecting city. It’s where you hang out for a few years of your life before moving on to the final destination.
So it’s impressive that Derek Roy, a senior at Western Connecticut State University, in Danbury, actually ran for a seat on the Danbury Common Council. The 21-year-old lost, but he still plans to keep his campaign promises, which include implementing initiatives to get students to shop downtown to stimulate the Danbury economy and strengthening the connections between the university and the city. He’s doing all this on top of his academic workload and part time job at the IT department.
You can read my article about him here.