Lenny Carlucci ’13
Would you try out for a team without ever having played the sport before? Senior Lenny Carlucci did.
In his sophomore year, Lenny was urged to try out for the Equestrian team by his friend and current team captain, Alexandra Pastor. She explained that the team could always use male riders and new riders, two categories that Lenny fell into. “I never had riding experience, or even had really interacted with a horse before sophomore year.”
Normally, trying out for a varsity team requires familiarity with the sport you’re going to play. What compelled Lenny to go out for the team – despite having never ridden before? “Riding seemed like a new experience that would be wildly interesting to get involved in; and, it really was an awesome decision.”
In his first season, Lenny placed in all of his division races but one, including a second place finish in Walk-Trot in his final show of the year. Three seasons later, Lenny continues to be a solid contributor on a Hawk squad that finished Fall 2012 second in the region.
New experiences and getting involved are two things that go hand-in-hand when it comes to describing Lenny. In addition to being a member of the Equestrian team, Lenny is also President of Inter-Residence Hall Association, a Resident Assistant in Maple Hall, Vice-President of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), Founder and President of the Polo Club, the Hollerin’ Hawks’ spirit guide, the oldest current Dining Committee student member, Crew Club team, and participates in the Lead tier of the SOAR Leadership program, among other things.
For some people, involvement in multiple organizations can be overwhelming and take away from their academic focus. Yet, Lenny continues to find the perfect balance of academics and extracurricular activities.
“If there is one thing I have learned about myself, it’s that I have stellar time management skills. I’ve found a fair balance between my social and academic life. I’ve made amazing friends and wonderful memories, started traditions, inspired and I’ve have been inspired. I don’t even know how to explain how much I’ve loved my experience at RWU and I can’t wait to see what’s waiting for me in this last semester.”
Lenny is certain that he could not have been happier at another school, as RWU was such a good fit for his many interests. What proved to be the factor that pushed RWU in Lenny’s favor?
“To be honest, I chose Roger Williams because the school colors were always my favorite colors: Blue and Gold.”