Leadership at its Best
A day in the life of the Student Body President
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 14:09
Leader. Student. Friend. These words summarize only a few aspects of this man’s life. Meet the Student Body President Robert Charles Lauf, popularly known as “Robbie.”
This town-boy from Mayville, N.D. may have the most infectious smile you would come across on NDSU campus. A fourth-generation Bison, attending NDSU was a very natural choice for Lauf.
He graduated out of Mayport CG High School and made his way to NDSU right after—like it was his destiny. Lauf is now a junior double majoring in economics and political science.
Most people know him by his rampant, active and enthusiastic involvement with the campus and student body. A part of student government for three years now, Lauf has been a senator, a commission executive and now president.
Lauf wishes to follow in the footsteps of his older sister, Savannah, and attend law school after finishing his undergraduate. Although he might leave the city after his time at NDSU comes to a close, his heart lies in Fargo.
“I want to come back to Fargo after law school and give back to the community that has done so much for me,” Lauf said.
As aforementioned, NDSU has had a deep impact on his life.
“NDSU gives me a sense of family, ” Lauf said.
His own family still lives in Mayville, which is only an hour away and makes it easy for his parents to visit often.
An average day for Lauf begins at 7 a.m., sometimes earlier. One rarely sees him not busy doing something. With the amount of energy he projects around him, he could easily be our very own brand ambassador for an energy drink.
The position of student body president involves a lot of hard work and dedication. Lauf spends most of his time running between classrooms and conference rooms. When he is not meeting university officials, Robbie is either meeting with students or utilizing time for homework.
If you thought being student body president was enough of a time commitment, think again. Lauf, who is a proud member of the Greek Life at NDSU under the Delta Tau Delta banner, is also on the DTD National Board as an undergraduate counsel. He is one of the eight select members of the board.
Although busy, Lauf knows how to relax and unwind. Between meetings and conferences, he makes time to go and relax at his lake cabin in Detroit Lakes, Minn. That is his favorite holiday spot, and where he spends hours absorbing the beautiful scenery.
For Lauf, relaxation is great, but he seems to really thrive when talking about leadership and student government.
“Student government is here to develop leaders and helping organizations,” Lauf explained.
Under the leadership of Lauf and his counterpart, he and Erik Diederich have strived hard to restructure student government since being elected in May.
“I want all student organizations to thrive well,” Lauf said. “They are welcome to come and talk to me or any of our senators and commissioners about anything they need. We want them to work with us in building better leaders on our campus.”
People who know Robbie on campus know him to be a person with intelligence and humor. Cassie Hillen, senator for off-campus who joined student government along with Lauf the third week of her freshman year remembers him as, “always being very ambitious to help students in whatever way he can.”
With so much involvement and such a busy schedule, it’s difficult to keep up with his daily life, but for Lauf, it’s just another day.